California’s Policies Could Hurt Health Reform Implementation.

The Los Angeles Times (9/15, Levey) reports, “For more than a year, as conservative states have battled President Obama’s sweeping healthcare law, California was supposed to be a model that showed the law’s promise.” Yet, it “is emerging as one of the biggest headaches for the White House in its bid to help states bring millions of Americans into the healthcare system starting in 2014.” The state “is cutting its healthcare safety net more aggressively than almost any other state, despite billions of dollars in special aid from Washington.” California is also seeking to implement “some of the toughest limits in the nation on government-subsidized healthcare, including a cap on how often people with Medicaid…can go to the doctor.”

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