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The 7 Key Questions About the Schwarzenegger/Nunez Health Care Compromise
Date:9/5/2007

ate contingent upon the passage of a

funding mechanism to pay for it?

3. What is your method for cost control?

4. How will you prevent employers from dropping more expansive coverage

and placing larger burdens on employees?

5. Will Californians in less than perfect health be guaranteed a policy

that they can afford and that provides them sufficient coverage?

6. How will your state purchasing pool achieve continuing affordability

to both individuals and taxpayers?

7. Will a statewide prescription drug bulk purchasing pool be required or

simply allowed?

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LETTER TO SPEAKER & GOVERNOR:

Dear Speaker Nunez and Governor Schwarzenegger,

Nearly all Californians embrace reform and expansion of health care in the state, particularly state-subsidized coverage for children. But your emerging health care compromise, according to news reports, remains focused on putting everyone into a private health insurance policy regardless of what it costs or covers.

The expense of such a requirement, without strict cost controls, would fall hardest on Californians who don't give political contributions and aren't eligible for a state subsidy: middle-income families. The greatest benefit would flow to insurance companies, hospitals and doctors. The fundamental failure in the Capitol has been the political inability to focus on controlling health care costs instead of focusing on who pays them.

Speaker Nunez, we are particularly concerned with your recently reported reversal on the question of requiring all Californians to buy insurance, and the dramatic weakening of protections for those with past or current health problems. In the interest of reform we ask the following questions in hope that you will cl
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