The head of a California research organization says Gov. Jerry
Brown (D) is planning to keep ObamaCare intact in his state, even
if it is reversed under Mitt Romney's leadership.
Brown plans to hold a special legislative session in December on
issues related to ObamaCare to give him and state lawmakers the
chance to work on healthcare proposals that died in the current
legislative session. He hopes to expand coverage by 2014 to
millions of California citizens who do not have health
Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the
Institute, believes the governor is trying to secure the
continuation of ObamaCare's laws for his state.
"In my opinion, the governor wants to make sure that issues
under PPACA (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that
relate to the state of California cannot be reversed, even if the
law is repealed early in 2013 under a new administration in
Washington, DC," she tells OneNewsNow.
The Golden State is leading the nation by implementing an
Internet healthcare insurance exchange marketplace that will allow
Californians to comparison shop for health coverage.
"It is noteworthy that California was one of the first states to
accept federal funds for establishing its exchange, which would go
into effect in January 2014," the Pacific Research Institute
president states. "Plans for the exchange must be submitted in
2013. California, in spite of accepting funds early, has not been
able to complete the work on establishing the exchange."
Brown claims the special session would be an opportunity to
address issues that cannot be answered without "further guidance
from the federal government and additional analysis."
Kamala Harris, California's attorney general, has
repeatedly defended President Obama's healthcare measure. She
maintains that it "saves lives."