PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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False information from our congressman

By From page A5 | January 08, 2014

EDITOR:

Congressman Tom McClintock writes in the Mountain Democrat (Jan. 1, 2014) that the president of the California Medical Association reports that 70 percent of California doctors are declining to participate in Covered California, the Health Exchange established to help implement the Affordable Care Act.

This is inaccurate, as discussed in the Dec. 12, 2013 Los Angeles Times. In fact, the California Medical Association does not keep records that would indicate how many doctors are participating. According to the same LA Times article, Covered California claims that 80 percent of California doctors are participating. Congressman McClintock’s op ed piece also claims that two-thirds of the Exchange applicants are forced into Medicaid, known here as MediCal. That also is inaccurate.

It is disturbing that such a high public official is carelessly putting out egregious misinformation. And, it is destructive of public trust.

PETE MELNICOE
Placerville

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