Vowing to “set the record straight” amid mixed messages from Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare leaders from Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, are stopping Saturday in Bakersfield as part of a statewide tour encouraging people sign up as enrollment season begins.

The ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare, has been under threat this year from President Donald J. Trump, who has vowed to “repeal and replace” the act. Republican leaders have failed to make good on that campaign promise thus far, but the Trump administration has slashed funding to advertise enrollment periods, which began Wednesday and end Jan. 31.

“Many are confused about information coming out of the White House and we are here to set the record straight,” Covered California said in a press release this week.

Covered California CEO Peter Lee will visit two Clinica Sierra Vista health centers in Bakersfield and Fresno over the weekend. The centers were selected along with a dozen others across California to be part of a mural event.

“The idea is to cover the state in art the same way we’re trying to provide health coverage to the whole state,” said Rachel Broghammer, a public relations specialist helping to coordinate the mural project. “Each mural depicts how health and wellness is important to that local community.”

Local artist Rubin Espinoza will begin painting the mural at 9:15 a.m. on the wall of Clinica Sierra Vista’s Family Health Center on 1611 First St., where Lee will speak along with others whose lives have been impacted by the ACA.

Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce

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