California Gov. Brown talks about health care

California Gov. Jerry Brown predicted Republicans would face disastrous electoral consequences if a federal judge's ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act holds.

Brown said "it will build such a backlash that the Democrats will not only overtake the Senate, they'll win the presidency and they'll win enough momentum, particularly on the issue of health care, it will be replaced with something even better." The Democratic governor called last week's decision by a Texas judge to strike down the entire law "a bump in the road." But he also said California would not be able to afford its Medicaid expansion if the federal government stops picking up most of the tab, as outlined under the health law. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a coalition of states in defending the federal law signed by former President Barack Obama.

The ruling doesn’t immediately stop the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled to uphold it.

Brown spoke about the health care law during an appearance at the Sacramento Press Club as he prepares to leave office on Jan. 7 after serving a record four terms.

California Gov. Jerry Brown predicted Republicans would face disastrous electoral consequences if a federal judge's ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act holds.

Brown said "it will build such a backlash that the Democrats will not only overtake the Senate, they'll win the presidency and they'll win enough momentum, particularly on the issue of health care, it will be replaced with something even better." The Democratic governor called last week's decision by a Texas judge to strike down the entire law "a bump in the road." But he also said California would not be able to afford its Medicaid expansion if the federal government stops picking up most of the tab, as outlined under the health law. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading a coalition of states in defending the federal law signed by former President Barack Obama.

The ruling doesn’t immediately stop the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled to uphold it.

Brown spoke about the health care law during an appearance at the Sacramento Press Club as he prepares to leave office on Jan. 7 after serving a record four terms.

Dawn Kamber