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Obamacare boosts ER patients, wait times
Orange County Register

Five hours, 26 minutes. That’s the average length of time, according to the California Healthcare Foundation, that emergency room patients in this state must wait before being admitted to a hospital as an inpatient. One of the promised benefits of the Affordable Care Act was that it would reduce such agonizingly long emergency room waits by expanding the federal-state Medicaid program – known in this state as MediCal – and providing the low-income uninsured access to primary care.