A bill that would allow state officials to reject rate increases proposed by health insurers is under intense lobbying pressure as it faces a key committee vote this week.
Groups representing insurers, doctors and hospitals are trying to have the California bill weakened or killed, although for different reasons.
The outcome of the debate has national significance. The sheer scale in the California insurance market, along with the state's political landscape and national influence, make it a battleground state for such regulations.
California, home to one of every eight Americans, represents 11 percent of the national market for those with health insurance through an employer and 15 percent for those with individual health coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The bill, AB52, is scheduled for a vote Wednesday, but legislative staff worked through the holiday weekend on proposed amendments to alter parts of the bill that have drawn some of the heaviest fire from opponents.
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