If Obamacare Is Repealed, California Has the Most to Lose — Putting the Insured on Edge

California led the way with Obamacare, signing up more people for health insurance than any other state.

Lisa Moore of Glendale buys a health plan through Covered California for her son Joe, who sees multiple doctors to treat his clinical depression and schizophrenia. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Lisa Moore of Glendale buys a health plan through Covered California for her son Joe, who sees multiple doctors to treat his clinical depression and schizophrenia. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Now with a possibility that President-elect Donald Trump will repeal the law, as he has promised, the stakes are higher here than anywhere else.

“We’ve basically cut the number of uninsured in a little bit more than half, which is enormous progress,” said Dr. Gerald Kominski, head of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. But California’s huge gains also mean that if the Affordable Care Act is undone, “we have the most to lose.”

GOP leaders have said they’ll quickly repeal and replace President Obama’s signature healthcare law after Trump takes office in January. But experts say it’s unlikely the entire law would be immediately overturned, in part because that would leave more than 20 million Americans without health insurance.

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