Your Call: If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, then what?

Mar 23, 2017

What’s the best way to fix health care?  

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) cut the uninsured level from a high of 50 million during the Great Recession to 28 million, but premiums and prescription drugs have risen. The GOP’s plan would bring uninsured numbers back to recession era levels and premiums for low-income seniors would rise sharply. What will happen if the ACA is dismantled? Is single payer a viable alternative?

Guests:

Anna Gorman, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News

Bonnie Castillo, associate executive director of the California Nurses Association

Dr. Paul Song, physician, biotech chief medical officer, serves on the boards of Physicians for a National Health Program, and co-chair of the Campaign for a Healthy California

Web Resources:

The Los Angeles Times: A side-by-side comparison of Obamacare and the GOP’s replacement plan

The California Report: Your Cheat Sheet on the Republican Health Care Plan (And Its Impact on California)

The Los Angeles Times: Column: Thanks to Trump and the GOP, a California single-payer healthcare system is now possible

The Los Angeles Times: With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with 'single-payer' system

The Sacramento Bee: Could San Francisco’s universal health care model work for all of California?

Sacramento Bee: As ACA faces repeal, California has a better alternative

Center for Health Journalism: Perspective: Why now is the time for California to embrace single-payer health care

NPR: As Drug Costs Soar, People Delay Or Skip Cancer Treatments