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The Buzz: Californians side with their parties in health care debate

Californians evenly split on support of health law

Californians fracture along partisan lines over federal health care reform, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds.

While 60 percent of California Democrats reported a favorable view of the law, only 13 percent of Republicans hold that view, against a resounding 80 percent who rejected it. Independents were more mixed, with 40 percent approving, 51 percent disapproving and 9 percent saying they didn't know.

The sum of those results: Californians are evenly divided on the sweeping new reordering of American health care, with an identical 44 percent supporting and backing it, according to the poll.

Those who don't have health insurance, the main demographic targeted by the law, also appeared more likely to be supportive: 50 percent of Californians lacking insurance support the law while 43 percent said they viewed it unfavorably. Those with insurance registered a 43-43 split.

In sharp contrast to Republican-led states that have resisted the new law, refusing to expand Medicaid or declining to set up their own health insurance exchanges, deeply Democratic California has enthusiastically forged ahead in laying the groundwork.

– Jeremy B. White

AT THE CAPITOL

The annual series of noontime holiday concerts is well underway at the California Capitol, continuing each day in the rotunda through Dec.23. During the week, the shows generally run from 11a.m. to 1 p.m., though Saturday concerts run longer and Sunday shows start at noon or 1 p.m. A full schedule of the shows is available at http://bit.ly/1eUhKD1. Historians have documented holiday celebrations at the Capitol since the 1800s. The current concert series started in 1996.

– Bee Capitol Bureau

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