Sacramento Bee: State’s GOP lawmakers put politics aside to help constituents understand health law

By Christopher Cadelago
Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert opposes the federal health careoverhaul. He’s uneasy about its potential adverse effects on small businesses. He worries that it will drive up health care costs.

But he’s teaming up with officials from the state’s new health insurance marketplace Oct. 17 to host an informational town hall to help constituents navigate the new system.

“I think there are large concerns on the economy,” said Nestande, who is challenging freshman Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz in theInland Empire. “At the federal level, it’s a big issue and it’s a partisan issue.

“But our argument is really with the federal policy, not necessarily with the state’s role.”

As congressional Republicans stand resolute against the 3-year-old heath care reform amid a government shutdown, California Republican legislators – even those who oppose the law – are marking its launch by setting aside politics at a series of meetings designed to dispel constituent confusion. The events differ dramatically from the raucous town hall meetings hosted by members of Congress during debate over the Affordable Care Act.


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