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Californians Breathe Easier After Repeal Efforts Collapse

The state, which has fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, would have been particularly hard hit if the law had been rolled back. Media outlets report on reactions out of Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Connecticut, as well.

Columbus Dispatch: Kasich 'Glad' Health-Care Bill Failed; Calls For Bipartisan Revision Of Obamacare
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he was “glad” Senate Republicans last week failed to dramatically scale back the 2010 health-care law, but insisted Congress needs to fix some of the flaws in the law known as Obamacare. ... But members of both political parties have acknowledged that revisions are needed to keep alive the state marketplaces created by Obamacare where middle-income families can rely on federal tax credits and subsidies to buy individual insurance policies. (Torry, 7/31)

Orlando Sentinel: Orlando Activists See Opportunity In Failed Health Care Vote
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Central Florida had one message to Congress following the Senate vote that struck down a repeal health care act without replacement on Thursday night: it’s not over yet. More than 30 health care activists from organizations including Organize Florida and Planned Parenthood affiliates rallied in downtown Orlando on Saturday for the National Day of Action to reiterate their support for Obamacare. (Padro Ocasio, 7/29)

WABE: Ga. Leaders Must Deal With Existing Health Care Law After Senate Vote
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office says he had been waiting to see what Congress would do on health care, and after an early Friday vote, "we will have to re-evaluate where we are now," according to his spokeswoman Jen Ryan. ...The Georgia Hospital Association says it will work with state leaders and others to solve what it calls "the uninsured crisis." (Capelouto, 7/28)

The CT Mirror: Consternation Over Healthcare, The State Budget And The President’s Pronouncements
For many in Connecticut, it was hard to say which was the more confounding issue last week: federal health care legislation, the development of a state budget, or the behavior of the president of the United States. The healthcare debate was certainly as dramatic and unconventional as it was controversial and significant, since members of the U.S. Senate assembled to vote Tuesday without knowing which version of the healthcare bill — that would potentially affect one sixth of the U.S. economy — would be up for vote. (Stern, 7/30)

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