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What’s behind health regulators’ bickering over Prop. 45?
Los Angeles Times

Tolstoy’s line about all unhappy families being unhappy in their own way hardly needs validation from us in the 21st century. But still it would be interesting to see what he’d make of the increasingly bitter division between two state agencies that should be working hand in hand to improve health insurance coverage for Californians: the state’s individual health insurance exchange, Covered California; and the Department of Insurance.

They’ve been at odds for months over various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, on which Covered California plays a central role as the state’s individual insurance exchange. Lately a new flash point has emerged. It’s Proposition 45, the November ballot measure that would grant the state insurance commissioner authority to regulate health insurance rates.