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Medi-Cal history may be repeating
Sacramento Bee

Nearly 50 years ago, then-Gov. Pat Brown and the California Legislature took a giant leap of faith with an expansive new health care program for the state’s low-income residents that became known as Medi-Cal.

It was a leap of faith because, in reality, nobody knew how, or even whether, it would work. “No one in the world thought it through,” Gordon Duffy, who was then a freshman assemblyman and later became chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, recalled in a 2008 interview.