Los Angeles Times Features L.A. Care CEO View on Pending Tax Bill

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Los Angeles Times talked to L.A. Care CEO John Baackes about the pending tax reform bill that poses a healthcare threat to millions of Americans in "Republican tax bill fuels anxiety across the nation's healthcare system." 

"This is a horrid bill," said John Baackes, chief executive of L.A. Care, a public insurance plan that covers more than 2 million mostly low-income residents of Los Angeles County. "They haven't been able to repeal and replace [the healthcare law], so they'll attack it through the budget by looking for ways knock down the money that's needed to cover people."

The articles describes how "dozens of healthcare groups, including every major physician association and patient advocacy organization," are urging GOP lawmakers to reject the Senate's proposed repeal of the tax penalities associated with the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. The Times also reported that the tax bill may force tens of millions of dollars in cuts to the Medicare program. It's anticipated that the House vote on the bill will occur tomorrow on December 19.

About L.A. Care Health Plan

L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™,  Medi-CalL.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.