A new estimate out of UCLA suggests that health-care reform will extend coverage to more than four million Californians who wouldn't have had it otherwise. That means coverage will hit 93 percent in the most populous state in the nation, with most of the remainder composed of illegal immigrants who are ineligible for the program. For comparison's sake, California's uninsured rate was 18.5 percent in 2007, and it's probably a lot higher now that the recession has done its terrible work.
It's easy to dismiss this sort of thing, but four million people is a lot of people. It's more people, for instance, than live in any of the states represented by any of the members of the Gang of Six. Helping this many people would be a hell of an accomplishment.
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