CSAC Bulletin Article

UC Berkeley Reports Examine Impact of the ACA and Consequences of Repeal

December 22, 2016

The UC Berkeley Labor Center has released two briefs that help illuminate the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on California and its counties. The first brief examines the data on Medi-Cal enrollment through the ACA, as well as how many Californians receive subsidized health care coverage through Covered California. The brief includes a county-by-county breakdown of both populations, as well as the number of uninsured residents by county.

A second brief estimates the scope of the economic losses that California would incur if the ACA is repealed. It concludes that the net effects on California of an ACA repeal would include 209,000 lost jobs, $20.3 billion in lost GDP, and $1.5 billion in lost state and local tax revenue.

The brief includes the projected net job loss and projected net GDP loss in California and in select counties. The counties examined were medium and large counties with more than 10% of the population enrolled in the Medi-Cal Expansion, which are Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare.

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