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California: What was that about Obamacare still being unpopular?

Hat Tip To: 
Brian W.

ATTENTION DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES...

OK, a couple of caveats here: First, yes, it's California; obviously this isn't exactly representative of states like, say, Oklahoma or Alabama. Second, CoveredCA had a much smoother rollout last fall than HC.gov did (and some of the other state exchanges are still struggling with serious technical issues).

Having said all that, California does still have over 12% of the total U.S. population, and they do tend to be early adopters historically. With that in mind...

The nation’s new health care law is surging in popularity in the Golden State, according to the Field Poll, which finds more Californians today — of all political stripes — support the Affordable Care Act than at any time since it was signed into law four years ago.

And by a two-to-one margin, they praise the successful way it’s been rolled out in the state, compared to the federal government’s glitch-ridden system.

Still more now say they’re satisfied with the way the health care system is working in the state, compared to a year ago.

...The poll of 1,535 likely voters from June 26 to July 19 showed that 56 percent of registered voters say they support the law, while 35 percent are opposed.

That 21-point margin in support is up six points from last year, and Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, believes the results have national implications.

“If it’s going to be an effective law, you would probably see it in California — and we are seeing it,’’ DiCamillo said.

Oh, yeah, and while we're on the subject of the CoveredCA ACA exchange...

Covered California Plans to Offer Expanded Dental Services for Children and New Coverage for Adults

Pediatric Dental Care Embedded in Standard Plans for 2015; Also New in 2015 Are Optional Family Dental Plans That Will Offer Coverage for Adults

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California is offering new family dental plans to consumers who enroll in health insurance coverage in 2015. Additionally, all individual health insurance plans sold through the Covered California exchange will include pediatric dental benefits for members younger than 19.