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Tools California Has Are Limited If Congress Repeals Obamacare

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Some California legislators are railing against calls from Congressional Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said they’ll repeal and replace it before the end of the year.

Sacramento State Senator Dr. Richard Pan says while the state will do what it can to protect the millions of Californians now covered under the law, there’s a but:

“There are considerable limits to what we can do,” says Pan.

That’s because huge chunks of the law hinge on federal tax subsidies, as well as billions of Medicaid dollars. He also worries what will happen if that funding is capped.

For instance, “If they impose a block grant on the Medicaid program, that will be particularly problematic when an economic downturn hits,” says Pan.
 
While some Democrats have taken a defiant tone toward a GOP-controlled Washington, Pan says California can’t bear those expenses on its own.