California's working poor would lose a lot if the Affordable Care Act dies

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David Lazarus has a piece in today's L.A. Times that, like one of his previous columns, points out that it's the working poor (among others) in my home state of California who would be hurt if the Supreme Court were to throw out the Affordable Care Act.

At stake is what's known as a Basic Health Plan [that State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D) authored]. This is a system provided for by the reform law, fully funded by the federal government, that would extend coverage to people who may not be able to afford conventional insurance policies but don't qualify for Medi-Cal.

Or as conservatives like to call them, lazy good-for-nothings who would rather lounge around the house and sponge off others.

The Basic Health Plan is reliant on the health care law, which provides up to $3 billion in federal funds.

Lazarus goes on to say that we don't hear critics of the ACA mention that the president's plan helps to insure millions who need coverage. They'd rather focus on the individual mandate, the one that requires insurers to "provide coverage to everyone, regardless of medical condition."

If more people buy insurance, then more Americans benefit. All for one and one for all! Or as conservatives like to call them, lazy good-for-nothings who would rather lounge around the house and sponge off others.

That's an act of pure selfishness (even though we'd all benefit from having fewer people relying on emergency services for treatment). It's also a display of heartlessness unbefitting a country that claims to define itself by love-thy-neighbor Judeo-Christian values.

Hernandez's bill, SB 703, would target people earning $30,000 to $46,000 a year, most of whom would be ineligible for Medi-Cal because their incomes are above the near-poverty levels required by the program. Or as conservatives like to call them, lazy good-for-nothings who would rather lounge around the house and sponge off others.

Per Hernandez, "The Basic Health Plan is coverage for the working poor."

But as the GOP have repeatedly made very clear, they don't count. Because, as conservatives like to put it, they're just a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings who would rather lounge around the house and sponge off others.

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