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California to fight Trump administration's new health care proposal

By Mark Iandolo | May 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 23 that his office will fight the Trump administration’s proposal to allow insurers to sell allegedly inadequate, short-term health plans.

According to Becerra, the proposed change would create a loophole allowing insurance companies to undermine the progress the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made in making health care more efficient and affordable for consumers.

“This is just another attempt by the Trump administration to undermine the ACA and go back to the days of buyer beware health insurance," Becerra said in a statement. ''California has led the country in ensuring high-quality and affordable health care and we do not intend to turn back.”  

Becerra also discussed how the rule would shortchange Californians.

“Short-term plans are not meant for primary coverage but this rule would flood the market with stripped-down, junk health insurance plans that don’t provide the reliable, comprehensive coverage families need when an emergency occurs leading to bankruptcy,” Becerra said in his statement. “We should be making policies that help people access affordable coverage, not looking for ways to roll it back.”

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