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Now that "Obamacare" has been upheld by the US Supreme Court, Mitt Romney wants it repealed by Congress. But even if he wins the White House, that's not very likely. President Obama has called for implementation to be speeded up, and that's what's in store for California, with 4.6 million additional people now eligible for insurance coverage. Where's the money? Are there enough doctors? With health insurance companies making record profits, should the Insurance Commissioner have the power to regulate rising insurance-premium costs?  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the consequences of today's decision on federal law, the politics of the Court and the presidential campaign.

Banner image: People gather in front of the US Supreme Court on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC, awaiting its rule on President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Gideon Brower

Main Topic Healthcare: The Law and the Politics 26 MIN, 22 SEC

The US Supreme Court has upheld President Obama's Affordable Care Act, a short-term victory with long-term consequences for health care, the powers of Congress and the presidential campaign.

 

 

 

Guests:
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate.com (@DahliaLithwick)
Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law School (@RandyEBarnett)
Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University

Main Topic The Affordable Care Act and California 26 MIN, 23 SEC

Today's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that California could receive $15 billion a year to extend coverage to many of the seven million people now going without health insurance. We hear what it means for patience, the medical industry and the state budget.

Guests:
Anthony Wright, Health Access California (@healthaccess)
Dave Jones, California State Insurance Commissioner
Peter Lee, Covered California (@CoveredCA)
Karen Bass, Congresswoman (D-LA, Culver City) (@RepKarenBass)
Howard Kahn, LA Care (@LACareHealth)

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