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Medi-Cal, health-care reform and the ER collide
Sacramento News and Review

An hour before midnight inside the UC Davis Medical Center ER waiting room, a man with a tube protruding from his arm shuffles over to a wall socket and pulls his cellphone from its charger. As he turns, he catches the attention of a dejected-looking family, then jokes: “They’ll let you in if you’re having a heart attack. Your heart stop, they’ll let you right in!” The family members smile. The ER is about one-third full. It’s quiet, save for the buzz of TVs and about half of the two dozen or so middle- and lower-class people waiting who haven’t begun to doze off.