What State Legislators Need to Know About the ACA Before 2014

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This week saw President Obama tout the benefits of the ACA in California while conservatives in other states continued their quixotic attempts at nullification and repeal:

How the Affordable Care Act is helping Californians. [White House]

The medical-loss provision in the ACA saved consumers $2.1 billion last year, according to a new report. [Kaiser Family Foundation]

"In states that are working hard to implement this law properly, it's working for people," said President Obama. [TPM]

Washington state's insurance commissioner debunked some persistent myths about Obamacare in a meeting with business owners. [The Olympian]

New Hampshire's legislature is still debating, and negotiating, over setting up its own exchange. [Union Leader]

South Carolina's session ended with nullification legislation failing. "It brings us enormous liability and quite honestly in my opinion a big waste of time," said State Sen. Joel Lourie. [WLTX]

How conservatives' "obsession" with the repealing the ACA instead of accepting it may lead them to political disaster. [The New Republic

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from June 8, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)