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Sunday, August 26th 2007

What Is Going On In Cali?

Admittedly, I”m not completely up on what is going on concerning California’s universal healthcare attempts. But what is this fight over taxing health care providers versus taxing businesses to help pay for the coverage?

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will veto legislation to require business owners to devote a portion of their payroll to employee health care.

The proposal by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, would require employers in the Golden State to earmark at least the equivalent of 7.5 percent of their payroll for their workers’ health care.

The Govenators plan is…

To bankroll the program, the governor proposed a 4 percent “provider tax” on hospital revenues, 2 percent on doctor revenues and 4 percent on employers with at least 10 workers if they do not provide health insurance.

I know you’re supposedly generating new paying patients, but this sounds like BS. I wonder what the CMA’s position is on these provider taxes.