Providers join forces to protect California’s health care system

CDA has joined a broad coalition of more than 100,000 California physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, community clinics and pharmacists in a new effort to protect the gains California has made under the Affordable Care Act and improve California’s health care system.

The Coalition to Protect Access to Care will actively oppose efforts in Washington to repeal and replace the ACA, which would strip health insurance from millions of Californians. Additionally, in California, the coalition is opposed to SB 562, which would dismantle the health care marketplace and destabilize the state’s economy.

California has made great strides under the ACA, expanding care to more than 5 million Californians who were previously without health coverage. California is proof that the ACA can work. The coalition will work with lawmakers to promote solutions that will continue to expand coverage to the remaining 2-3 million Californians without access to care and bring down the cost of care for patients.

Nearly 60 percent of Californians view the ACA favorably and only 18 percent want the law repealed, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

With so much uncertainty in our nation’s politics, now is not the time to walk away from the ACA in favor of establishing a new and undefined health care system that would wreak havoc on our patients’ health and the Golden State’s economy.

Learn more about the coalition.

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