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Opinion: 'Affordable' Care Act? Not so much for CA

Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2012

In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster. Obamacare—as it's pugnaciously tagged by the political right—may not be affordable at all for California state government. Soon after the federal healthcare act was passed by Congress in 2010, the Schwarzenegger administration in Sacramento calculated a state price tag of up to $2.65 billion annually. The Brown administration has torn up that price tag, but doesn't have a new one. They're working on it, "trying to be much more precise," says Len Finocchio, associate director of the Department of Health Care Services.