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AM Alert: California support for Affordable Care Act continues to grow

After what most consider a successful implementation of the law in California, support for the Affordable Care Act among Golden State voters is the highest it’s ever been, according to a new Field Poll.

Fifty-six percent of respondents expressed support for the federal health law, up three percentage points from last year, compared to 35 percent who oppose it. That approval was likely bolstered by last fall’s rollout of the state health insurance exchange; 60 percent of California voters feel the state has been successful in implementing the Affordable Care Act, twice as many as do not. (Respondents were more evenly split on federal implementation: 49 percent to 46 percent.)

One goal that Californians do not feel the state has met: limiting the rate increases that insurance companies charge to their customers. Forty-six percent of voters believe the state has not been successful in meeting this goal, while only 37 percent do. That could play into Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ efforts to pass Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would allow him to veto insurance rate hikes.

Christopher Cadelago has more in his story from today’s paper.

Here are the statistical tabulations, prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert. Here are the publicly released results from the poll.

VIDEO: The California Chamber of Commerce is remarkably successful at killing bills it views as anti-business, Dan Walters says.

A ROOM WITH A VIEW: Three senators and two governors meet at a lake. That’s not the setup for a joke, but rather for the 18th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, a political conference hosted by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Nearly 450 guests – including Gov. Jerry Brown, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and U.S. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Dean Heller, R-Nev. – will gather at this year’s meeting, 10 a.m. at the lakeside Tallac Historic Site, where the focus is the impact of climate change on the lake and a proposed $415 million restoration project currently stuck in Congress.

ONE-TWO PUNCH: Surgical technologists, who prepare operating rooms, are the only workers present during a surgery that don’t have a license, according to the office of Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, who is sponsoring a bill that would require newly practicing surgical technologists to be certified. AB 2062 is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor, and SEIU–United Health Workers West will try to drum up support for the legislation by staging a mock knee replacement operation on the north side of the Capitol at 10:45 a.m.

Another Hernández bill, which would hold businesses liable when they employ subcontractors who violate workplace safety or compensation rules, is among organized labor’s legislative priorities this session. Temporary workers from Taylor Farms, which has been at the center of the battle over the bill, now on the Senate floor, will gather on the north steps of the Capitol at 11 a.m. to rally before in heading to lobby legislators.

RED, PURPLE AND BLUE: What are California’s most conservative and liberal cities? Keen Capitol observers probably have their own theories based on the make-up of the Legislature. But if data is more your thing, The Bee’s Phillip Reese has crunched the voter registration numbers for the 150 biggest cities in the state. You can explore the results here.


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