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EUHC4CA Poll: 67 Percent Of Californians Oppose The Individual Mandate

Californians overwhelmingly rejected imposing penalties on those who don’t have or can’t afford health insurance, according to the latest EUHC4CA/Google Surveys poll. Only 14% supported such a mandate.

67% of Californians oppose the ACA individual mandate

SUNNYVALE, Calif.Mar. 7, 2019 — According to a new poll from Enact Universal Healthcare for California and Google Surveys, Californians widely rejected Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed reinstatement of the ACA’s individual mandate penalties — 67% opposed vs 14% in support.

“Californians don’t want to pour salt on an open wound. Health insurance premiums and deductibles are becoming more unaffordable each year, and that is no one’s fault but the Legislature’s continued inaction,” said Dale Fountain, Chairperson/CEO of Enact Universal Healthcare for California.

“We need to stop punishing the poor with half-baked schemes that only serve to prop up greedy private health insurance corporations. This is a severely regressive measure that does nothing to address affordability. It is no wonder that Californians want it thrown out,” said Vice Chairperson Michael Saucedo.

Previous polls showed 61% of Californians supported tax increases for Single Payer, and 51% of Californians support eliminating private insurance altogether.

Enact Universal Healthcare for California is the largest single payer organization in California with over 117,000 supporters within the state.

Methodology:
Enact Universal Healthcare for California partnered with Google Surveys to poll 2,029 randomly sampled adult Californians via phone, with a ±2% margin of error.

Full results and dataset can be found here.

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EUHC4CA Poll: 51 Percent Of Californians Support Elimination Of Private Health Insurance For Single Payer Healthcare

In a recent poll, a majority of Californians said they’d dump private health insurance in favor of a Single Payer universal healthcare system, with only 28% opposed.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Feb. 11, 2019 —  By a wide 23 point margin, Californians are in favor of replacing their private health insurance system with Single Payer healthcare, with 51% in support versus 28% opposed.

“Californians are not only prepared to pay for Single Payer’s installation, they want to gut renovate the entire house. Legislators, take note: The Healthcare Rebellion is here,” said Dale Fountain, Chairperson/CEO of Enact Universal Healthcare for California.

A previous poll showed 61% of Californians supported tax increases for Single Payer.

“It’s not surprising that Californians know what they want, and they’re angry nothing’s being done,” said Vice Chairperson Michael Saucedo.

In January, EUHC4CA released its Soft Single Payer proposal for California, which costs the state less than half a percent of other single payer proposals, no tax increases, and provides tuition and retirement assistance to doctors and nurses.

EUHC4CA is the largest single payer organization in California with over 117,000 supporters within the state.

Methodology:
Enact Universal Healthcare for California partnered with Google Surveys to ask one question: “Do you support replacing the private health insurance system in CA with a single payer system, in which all residents not on Medicare would get health ins. from the state?

The February 8-10 poll had a sample size of 2,208 adult Californians with a +/- 2% margin of error.

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EUHC4CA Poll: 54% of Americans support tax increases for Single Payer healthcare

In a February poll, 54% of Americans and 33 states said “Yes” when asked if they were willing to pay taxes for single payer universal healthcare.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Feb. 3, 2019 — A solid majority, 54%, of Americans said they support tax increases for a Single Payer universal healthcare system. Two-thirds of states, 33, had majority support.

“A healthcare rebellion is taking shape in the United States. With thirty-three states in support of taxes, this is constitutional amendment territory,” said Dale Fountain, Chairperson/CEO of Enact Universal Healthcare for California.

Last month, EUHC4CA released a poll showing 61% of Californians supported tax increases for Single Payer.

“With 54% of Americans supporting tax increases, Single Payer is now squarely in the mainstream. Those who oppose are clearly in danger of being labeled fringe-conservative,” says Vice Chairperson Michael Saucedo.

In January, EUHC4CA released its Soft Single Payer proposal for California, which costs the state less than half a percent of other single payer proposals, no tax increases, and provides tuition and retirement assistance to doctors and nurses.

EUHC4CA is the largest single payer organization in California with over 117,000 supporters within the state.

Methodology:
Enact Universal Healthcare for California partnered with Google Surveys to ask one question: “Instead of paying health insurance companies (premiums, copays, and deductibles), would you pay those in federal or state taxes for single payer healthcare?

The February 1-3 poll had a sample size of 1,992 adult Americans with a +/- 2% margin of error.

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EUHC4CA Poll: 61% of Californians support tax increases for Single Payer

In a recent poll of over two thousand Californians, 61% said “Yes” when asked if they were willing to pay taxes for single payer universal healthcare.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Jan. 31, 2019 — In what can only be described as stunning, Californians increased their support of taxes for a single payer universal healthcare system from 59% in November 2018 to 61% in January 2019.

“There’s a healthcare rebellion brewing. Californians are fed up with private insurance companies and the foot-dragging by the Legislature, and are demanding Single Payer,” said Dale Fountain, Chairperson/CEO of Enact Universal Healthcare for California.

Independent polling by the Public Policy Institute of California showed 60% in December.

“61%? Frankly, I’m shocked it’s that low. This just shows Single Payer has moved from the left into the center,” says Vice Chairperson Michael Saucedo.

Recently, EUHC4CA released its Soft Single Payer proposal, which costs the state less than half a percent of other single payer proposals, no tax increases, and provides tuition and retirement assistance to doctors and nurses.

EUHC4CA is the largest single payer organization in California with over 117,000 supporters within the state.

Methodology:
Enact Universal Healthcare for California partnered with Google Surveys to ask one question: “Instead of paying health insurance companies (premiums, copays, and deductibles), would you pay those to California in taxes for single payer healthcare?
The January poll randomly queried Californians with a sample size of 2017 at a 95% confidence and +/- 2% error.

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Soft Single Payer Proposal — Jan. 2019

Yesterday, we submitted this proposal for “Soft” Single Payer to the leaders of the Assembly. The proposal addresses many of the intractable concerns with “Hard” Single Payer, such as a state constitutional amendment needed to exempt healthcare from revenue restrictions, federal waivers, and challenges with ERISA (self-funded) employer health plans. There is also the psychology behind large increases to the state’s budget, and people’s perception of taxes and how insurance works. After years of research and reaching out to legal experts, we believe this is the most feasible and legally viable proposal that will get us as close as possible to single payer universal healthcare in California.

Our proposal will instead have the state charter and own a nonprofit insurance corporation that would insure people based on their incomes in the gap between Medicaid and Medicare. By being a standalone insurance company, it can also enter into contracts for Medicaid managed plans, Medicare Advantage plans, list on the Covered California exchange, and be offered through employers. Through a “Grand Bargain” between the state and providers, we can eliminate copays, coinsurance, out-of-pocket, and deductibles, and any patient can sign up with and be referred to any practice within California. In exchange for mandating 100% acceptance of this insurance, the state will cover medical & nursing school, school loans, or match retirement funds as long as doctors & nurses practice in the state for 10 years and accept assignments to underserved communities. Since Californians will now have a truly affordable insurance plan they can use anywhere in the state, an individual mandate will actually make sense and benefit everyone.

If you would like this proposal to be considered, please call the Assembly Budget Committee at (916) 319-2099. Thank you for your support.

Soft Single Payer Proposal

  • I. State-owned non-profit insurance corporation
  • A. No Waivers Needed — Insures residents in the gap between Medicaid & Medicare
  • B. Not subject to Props 13, 4, or 98 (Articles 13, 13b, & 16) — Very little funding needed
  • C. Does not touch ERISA plans
  • D. Union plans are not affected
  • E. Can be up & running quickly
  • II. Funding
  • A. Main source of funds is insurance premiums
  • 1. Premiums are adjusted based on insured’s income
  • a) Employers can contribute as with normal insurance plans
  • B. State provides or subsidizes reinsurance policies for unexpected high-cost and catastrophic claims
  • C. State guarantees or subsidizes low-interest loans for startup and capital needs
  • III. Implementation
  • A. State appoints board members who then run the nonprofit
  • B. Covers Medical, Dental, Vision, Mental Health, & Pharma
  • C. No copays, coinsurance, out-of-pocket, or deductibles
  • D. “The Grand Bargain”
  • 1. The State provides to Doctors & Nurses
  • a. Free medical/nursing school for qualified applicants
  • b. Loan forgiveness for those who’ve already completed school and residency
  • c. Matching contribution to retirement fund for those who don’t need a&b
  • 2. Must practice in California for 10 years and accept placement to underserved communities
  • 3. All California doctors, clinics, & hospitals mandated to accept this insurance
  • a. “In-network” = negotiated contracts
  • 1) Provider contracts with other insurance companies must be disclosed
  • b. “Out-of-network” = No contract or Refusal to negotiate = Medicare + 15%
  • 4. Individual mandate
  • IV. Side Benefits
  • A. Can accept contracts with Medicaid
  • B. Can be a Medicare Advantage supplemental plan
  • C. Can operate on the Covered California exchange
  • D. Any “profits” will be used to lower premiums, pay off debts, keep a reserve, and any other expenditures used as necessary to lower costs and ensure long-term solvency
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