California’s new health insurance exchange took a crucial step this week, setting the rates that consumers will pay when the federal health care law takes effect on January 1, 2014. Most say there isn’t the rate shock that some had feared. But as we look ahead to further implementation of the Affordable Care Act, experts worry Californians will see spiking health costs, and that parts of the middle class will be left behind.
Glenn Melnick, professor and director of the Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management at USC
Jamie Court, president of the Consumer Watchdog in Los Angeles
Lisa Aliferis, health editor for KQED News
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California