Proposition 72 (Expansion of Employer-Based Insurance) a California state policy/bill

The sharp rise of healthcare insurance premiums making them more inaccessible to workers during the past years has been one of the pressing problems that people of California face today. Thus, given the need to lower healthcare premiums because of its adverse affect on the patient’s and consumer’s ability to access them, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a federation of state, national and international labor unions with the aim of “enabling working people to build better lives and futures for our families” (AFL-CIO, 2005), endorses the enactment of Proposition 72 through the referendum to provide Californians with better and more adequate healthcare insurance coverage. The organization believes that all people should have access to proper healthcare and the only way this could be achieved given the current healthcare system in place in California is through a comprehensive piece of legislation, in the form of Proposition 72. There is no question that providing healthcare to working individuals is a need that must be addressed. However, statistics show that in 2002, 45 million Americans, 6.4 million of which are Californians, are not insured (Bainbridge, 2004). One reason for such is in the manner that most businesses, not only in California but throughout the United States as well, operate. According to a study conducted by Families USA, most large companies included in their study spent as much as 30 percent on advertising, marketing, and on the salaries of CEO’s and executives ( -- ) these costs are then compensated by cutting down on healthcare coverage leaving millions of workers, together with their families, in the low and middle income range without the security provided by health insurance.
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