The Honorable Gray Davis
Governor of California
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 2 (Burton): SUPPORT
Dear Governor Davis:
I am writing on behalf of [Organization Name] in support of SB 2 (Burton), which would extend health coverage to a million Californian workers. [Organization Description]
We strongly urge to you to sign this bill to help address a growing health care crisis. Over 80% of California’s six million uninsured are in working families, people who work hard, play by the rules, pay their taxes and don’t get health coverage. As a result, they live sicker, die younger, and are one emergency away from financial ruin. Close to half of the uninsured have life-altering medical debt. Nearly half of all personal bankruptcies are because of medical problems and medical bills.
SB 2 would extend coverage to about one million California workers. Employers with less than 50 workers would be totally exempt; those larger employers would pay a fee to a state purchasing pool to cover their workers, or get exempt by the fee—as the vast majority of them do now—by providing health coverage directly. This would provide fairness for the employers that do provide health benefits, but otherwise
SB 2 provides relief to one million uninsured people, security to most of those who have health coverage but are worried about losing it, and new tools to employers that are trying to meet this obligation to their workers.
Given the real need in health care in California, we strongly urge you to sign this important bill. Thank you for your consideration.