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State of the State: Health Care Costs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The governor is calling on California's Congressional Delegation to vote against federal health care legislation. Or find a way to lessen the blow of how much it could cost the state.  
Kim Belshé is the Secretary of California's Health and Human Services Agency. She says under the reform the state would have to foot some of the bill to cover up to two million more low-income Californians. And that she says would cost three to four billion dollars.
"Health reform that simply imposes additional unfunded costs and mandates on states is not the kind of reform that is going to succeed and is not the kind of reform that the governor can support."
Advocates for the uninsured dispute the state's cost estimates and argue it would give millions of Californians needed health care.
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