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California To Continue Changing Health Care Regardless of High Court Decision

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

California has embraced the Affordable Care Act - most notably by starting to build a Health Benefit Exchange.  That would serve as a marketplace to help match people with health insurance plans.  Diana Dooley is California Secretary of Health and Human Services.  She says the state is using federal money for the Exchange:

Dooley: "My agenda is to use as much of that as possible, as quickly as possible, to be sure that California has a marketplace, even if we don't have the full promise of the ACA - The Affordable Care Act."

Dooley says she believes there would be a market for the Exchange, even if the court strikes down the provision in the federal law that requires everyone to have health insurance.  She says a more critical issue would be the lack of federal money for subsidies to help people afford to buy insurance on the private market.
Read an extended interview with Secretary Dooley
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