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Obamacare repeal would hit California's Central Valley hard

Obamacare repeal would hit California's Central Valley hard

Last week, I went looking for the real Obamacare. Not the one that’s been vilified by President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, but the Obamacare that’s otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, the one providing health coverage to more than 5 million people in California.

I found it in the southern San Joaquin Valley, where the air quality ranks as the worst in the nation, where diabetes is common, where the opioid epidemic rages, where work in the agricultural fields breaks down a body before its time. I found it in the voices of patients, doctors, nurses, clinic directors and hospital administrators.

I and colleagues from the California Senate Health Committee...

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