Brown Hesitant on Obama's ACA Tweak, Hopeful on Prisons

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California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s hesitant about the president’s proposed tweak to the federal health care law – and hopeful that negotiations over California’s overcrowded prisons will lead to a viable solution.

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has some reservations about President Obama’s call this week for states to allow soon-to-be-canceled health care plans to be extended for an extra year.

“We’re following our own path here to implement the Affordable Care Act.  And we’re gonna do it in the best way we can,” Brown said in Sacramento Tuesday.

The governor said California’s health exchange is working – despite several uncertainties that give him concern.  And Brown said the Covered California exchange and his administration are looking for a balance: “We’re going to be very careful to both be sensitive to all the potential customers of this Affordable Care Act, and also the financial viability going forward so the rates are attractive – not just for this year, but for many years to come.”

The Covered California board could announce its response to the president’s proposal at its meeting Thursday.

Meanwhile, the governor says he’s had productive talks with the federal court-appointed facilitator who’s leading negotiations over California’s overcrowded prison system.

“We’re working through, in a way that I think is gonna be productive.  But we’re not
finished yet.  The judges haven’t ruled on our request for a delay.  But I’m reasonably optimistic that we’re going to come to something that we can make work,” Brown said.

A three-judge panel would have to sign off on any agreement between the Brown administration and inmate attorneys.




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