SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — California was among the nation’s first states to embrace President Barack Obama’s federal health care law after it was adopted two years ago.

State officials are now among those breathing the loudest sighs of relief Thursday after the Supreme Court declined to strike it down.

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The decision, health and insurance officials say, perfectly positions California to add 6 million residents to the ranks of the insured by a 2014 deadline.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Although there are lingering questions about how to find and pay doctors to treat all of those people, officials say they are confident details will be worked out with the help of billions in federal money.

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said if the court’s decision had gone the other way, hundreds of thousands of Californians could have lost their insurance.

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