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Use new tobacco tax to pay for Medi-Cal
The Desert Sun

California must find more doctors to treat low-income residents. The best way to accomplish that goal is to pass a $2-a-pack tobacco tax hike.

It’s meaningless to provide health care insurance to millions of low-income Californians if they can’t find a doctor who will see them and provide preventive treatment. Preventive care is what lowers the state’s costs for providing health care to the needy.

By law, hospitals can’t turn indigent people away when they need to see a doctor. But Republicans have refused to sign on to legislation seeking increased funding to improve the state’s Medi-Cal rates for doctors, which are among the lowest in the nation.