Richard Kipling is managing editor of the Center. During a 30-year journalism career, he has held various newsroom management positions at the San Diego Union and at the Los Angeles Times, where he was city editor of the San Diego County Edition and editor of the Times Orange County Edition. For several years, Kipling was director of the Tribune Company’s Minority Editorial Training Program (METPro), where he recruited, trained and placed at daily newspapers almost 200 minority journalists. He has taught journalism at USC, Occidental College and Caltech. Kipling holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and pursued a PhD degree in Government at the Claremont Graduate School.
Don’t be distracted by the heightened interest that surrounded October 1 – the “go live” moment for Covered California, the health insurance exchange born of the Affordable Care Act.
In truth, neither October 1, nor even January 1, 2014, when the coverage itself begins for new enrollees, looks to be the defining day for Obamacare, as the act is popularly known. A better target may be 13 months from now -- Tuesday, November 4, 2014, otherwise known as midterm elections day.
Despite the fact that more than three years have passed since the passage of the Affordable Care Act; despite the fact that the law was constitutionally blessed by the United States Supreme Court in a decision announced on June 28, 2012; and despite the fact that several provisions of the law have already taken hold, public polls indicate there is ongoing, significant opposition to the law, and many Republican lawmakers continue their attempts to stall, limit and overturn it.
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