Prop 72: Small Business Health Insurance
An initiative that would require certain companies to provide healthcare coverage to employees has public support.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
With millions of Californians lacking healthcare insurance, Proposition 72 asks voters to make businesses of a certain size provide that insurance to their employees. And the latest nonpartison Field Poll shows that Proposition 72 enjoys a 16 percent margin with voters. The initiative mirrors a bill approved by the Legislature. Both require that companies with more than 200 staff pay at least 80% of workers health insurance, or pay a similar sum into a state fund that will provide that insurance. It would take effect in 2006. The threshold moves down to companies with 50 or more workers, starting in 2007.