In his State of the State speech Thursday morning, Gov. Brown spent about 60 seconds addressing health and human services -- and all those seconds were devoted to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Early in his speech, Brown reiterated his theme of fiscal discipline and seemed to urge caution in implementing the Affordable Care Act, stating, "The ultimate costs of expanding our health care system under the Affordable Care Act are unknown. Ignoring such known unknowns would be folly."
Later in the speech came the bulk of his comments about the ACA. Here's the transcript:
"California was the first in the nation to pass laws to implement President Obama’s historic Affordable Care Act. Our health benefit exchange, called Covered California, will begin next year providing insurance to nearly one million Californians. Over the rest of this decade, California will steadily reduce the number of the uninsured. Today I’m calling for a special session to deal with those issues that must be decided quickly if California is to get the Affordable Care Act started by next January.
"The broader expansion of Medi-Cal that the Act calls for is incredibly complex. It will take more time. Working out the right relationship with the counties will test our ingenuity and will not be achieved overnight. Given the costs involved, great prudence should guide every step of the way."