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State of California November 2, 2004 Election
Proposition 72
Health Care Coverage Requirements
State of California


5,681,863 / 49.1% Yes votes ...... 5,881,886 / 50.9% No votes

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Results as of Dec 6 4:02pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24035/24035)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should legislation requiring health care coverage for employees, as specified, working for large and medium employers be approved?

Summary Prepared by Attorney General:
A "Yes" vote approves, and a "No" vote rejects legislation that:
  • Provides for individual and dependent health care coverage for employees, as specified, working for large and medium employers;
  • Requires that employers pay at least 80% of coverage cost; maximum 20% employee contribution;
  • Requires employers to pay for health coverage or pay fee to medical insurance board that purchases primarily private health coverage;
  • Applies to employers with 200 or more employees beginning 1/1/06;
  • Applies to employers with 50 to 199 employees beginning 1/1/07. Applies to employers with 20 to 49 employees if tax credit enacted.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Significant expenditures fully offset, mainly by employer fees, for a state program primarily to purchase private health insurance coverage. Significant county health program savings. Significant public employer health coverage costs. Significant net state revenue losses. Overall unknown net state and local savings or costs.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Certain employers would be required to provide health coverage for their employees and in some cases dependents through either (1) paying a fee to a new state program primarily to purchase private health insurance coverage or (2) arranging directly with health insurance providers for health care coverage. The state would also establish a new program to assist lower-income employees to pay their share of health care premiums.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The state would continue to allow employers to choose whether to provide health insurance for their employees and dependents. The state would not establish a new program to provide assistance to low-income employees in paying premiums for health care coverage at their workplace.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 72:
Prop. 72 keeps private health coverage within reach of working families. It requires large and mid-sized companies to pay for private coverage, caps employee share of premiums, and sets coverage standards. Doctors, nurses, and consumers agree: With premiums rising and employees losing health insurance, Prop. 72 provides needed protection.

Full Text of Argument In Favor

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 72:
Proposition 72 creates a government-run healthcare scheme funded by an estimated $7 billion in new taxes on employers and workers by 2007. You could get forced from your existing plan into the government system and lose access to your doctors and hospitals. Educators, charities, taxpayers, doctors say "NO on 72."

Full Text of Argument Against

Contact FOR Proposition 72:
Anthony Wright
Health Access
1127 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact AGAINST Proposition 72:
Californians Against Government Run Healthcare
1201 K Street, Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95814-3938

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