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Governor Schwarzenegger Proposes Extending Medical Coverage to All Californians

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Gov. Schwarzenegger proposes extending medical insurance to all Californians, including undocumented immigrants. The Californian Governor wants to transform the health care market by spreading the $12 billion cost of universal coverage among employers, individuals, insurers, government and health care providers.

Why is Schwarzenegger proposing universal health care in California?

 California has more than 6.5 million people without insurance which is nearly one-fifth of California’s population.

 How does Schwarzenegger plan on implementing universal health care?

* All employers with more than 10 workers would be required to provide insurance or pay into a fund that would purchase health insurance policies.

* Insurance carriers would be required to accept all applicants regardless of their health, and he would limit insurers' profits.

* A pool for purchasing policies for those without insurance would be created from funds redirected from subsidizing the care of the uninsured at hospitals.

* A tax on doctors and hospitals would be imposed under the theory that once all Californians have insurance, medical businesses no longer would be burdened by the cost of the uninsured, and the higher rates that providers now charge insured patients could be used to help buy more insurance.

The theory behind making universal health care really work in California?:

If all parts of the economy and the industry share in the solution (cost sharing) then the price of health care will fall which would benefit all Californians.