California’s efforts at expanding health coverage to the uninsured go back at least to the early 1990s. Advocates, politicians and bureaucrats brought lessons learned from those earlier, failed efforts and used them to “speedily roll out the national law.” California Healthline unpacks those lessons learned and looks ahead — as we barrel toward Oct. 1.

Back in 2010 — before two elections, before the Supreme Court ruled, before the word “crisis” stopped following the words “California budget” — Kim Belshé settled on a guiding principle: ” 2014 is tomorrow.” And now, it almost is. The Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate takes effect in less than 100 days.

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