Affordable Care Act

Ted Cruz and AOC could form an alliance on over-the-counter birth control

This image is a split screen of Ted Cruz speaking on the left and AOC listening on the right.
Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photos: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images; Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appear to agree that birth control should be available over the counter.

Reality check: Experts say this would be the FDA's call. And the thornier issue is whether insurance would cover it if such a change is made.

California's new health care milestones

California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

California will become the first state in the nation to pay for the health benefits of some unauthorized immigrants and become the first state to extend the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies up the income scale.

Why it matters: One of the bluest states in the nation's measured steps toward universal health coverage show the uphill battle liberals face in their push for Medicare for All.