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Gov. Inslee Wants Analysis Of How Republican Plan Would Impact Washington State

In other news on the state-level impact of the Obamacare replacement proposal, some in California worry changes could hurt one of the nation’s healthiest marketplaces.

Seattle Times: Gov. Inslee Asks State Agencies To Calculate Impact Of GOP Health-Care Plan 
A handful of state agencies are trying to calculate how the proposed Republican health-care plan would affect Washingtonians, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. The number-crunching comes as the proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act is being pushed by GOP leaders through Congress. The Republican leaders say Barack Obama’s health-care law is collapsing and needs to be replaced quickly. (O'Sullivan, 3/9)

California Healthline: GOP Health Plan Could Be Bitter Pill For California’s Obamacare Exchange
Republicans are touting their health plan as the right medicine for ailing insurance markets across the country, from Arizona to Tennessee. But California never landed in sick bay. Its insurance exchange, Covered California, features the healthiest mix of customers nationwide, federal data show. That’s been instrumental in holding down rates and boosting enrollment to 1.5 million. Now state and insurance industry officials fear the replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, introduced by GOP leaders this week, would threaten those gains. (Terhune, 3/10)

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