HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE

Monday, December 13th, 2004

OFFICIAL NOVEMBER VOTES TALLIED; ANALYSIS ON HEALTH ISSUES CONTINUES


  • Final numbers on Proposition 72 vote
  • Momentum continues: CA debate heats up;
  • Other states attempting similar reformsList of funding for Prop 72 opposition

Overall Votes Reported: In the certification of official results, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley reported that 12,598,683 Californians cast ballots in the November election, representing 76.04% turnout among registered voters. Almost a third of the votes casts–32.61%, or 4,105,179–were absentee. The Secretary of State web site has official tallies at:

http://vote2004.ss.ca.gov/

Prop 72 Result Official: Out of the 12.6 million votes cast, the margin against Proposition 72 was a mere 200,023 votes, with 5,681,863 Californians voting for the measure (49.1%), and 5,881,886 voting against (50.9%). Over a million voters–1,021,934, to be exact–did not take a position on Proposition 72, in addition to the millions of both registered and unregistered nonvoters. Proposition 72 did the best of those measures that had opposition with significant funding, and the result was the closest of all the ballot measures.

Message Forum on Friday: Health advocates are invited to a forum on health reform messaging, and other lessons learned from the Proposition 72 campaign. The forum, to be held this Friday, December 17th, from 10am to 1pm in Sacramento, will feature consultants from the Proposition 72 campaign going over polling, focus group, and election results. Space is limited and registration required. Please RSVP to Louise Jones at Health Access Foundation, at 916-497-0923, or ljones@health-access.org.

Momentum continues: The closeness on the vote on Proposition 72 is already generating momentum for future efforts at health reform. Advocates expect multiple legislative proposals to be introduced next year on the subject of expanding access to health coverage, from a universal, single-payer proposal, to a new proposal to expand coverage to all children. More information on these efforts will be sent out in the coming days and weeks.

Other states: Legislators and advocates in other states from Illinois to Maryland are continuing with their effort on health reform, including proposals to require employers to provide a basic level of health benefits, similar to SB2 and Proposition 72. The closeness of the vote in California suggests they have a real shot to win in their states. If you are interested, visit the website describing these efforts for the following areas:


Prop 72’s Opposition: The opposition raised over $18.3 million dollars. (Correction: a previous Health Access Update incorrectly estimated the figure at $16 billion.) But while the opposition was deep-pocketed, it wasn’t widespread: over 82% of the opposition’s money came from just the thirty contributors that gave over $100,000. Only restaurants and retailers mobilized their money against Proposition, donating nearly 85% of the opposition’s funding. Fast-food chains made up over 30% of the contributions, not including their umbrella organization, the California Restaurant Association. Retailers made up over 18%. Much thanks to Rafael Ruthchild of the Strategy Group for pulling these figures together, and for the good research and information throughout the campaign.



BELOW is a list of the top thirty-three contributors against Proposition 72, those that gave $100,000 or more. The list is striking for the range of recognizable brand names on it:



CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION $5,042,000

MCDONALDS AND FRANCHISEES $1,535,128

YUM! BRANDS AND FRANCHISEES [KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell] $970,320

CARL’S JR. AND FRANCHISEES $760,250

WAL*MART STORES, INC. $648,449

ROUND TABLE PIZZA AND FRANCHISEES $569,550

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE AND FRANCHISEES $528,000

ROBINSON-MAY $400,000

SEARS ROEBUCK AND CO. $400,000

MACY*S WEST, INC. $400,000



TARGET CORPORATION $350,000

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS PROPERTIES ASSOCIATION $325,000

WENDY’S AND FRANCHISEES $323,000

JACK IN THE BOX AND FRANCHISEES $313,610

BEST BUY PURCHASING LLC $300,000

EL POLLO LOCO AND FRANCHISEES $234,500

JACK IN THE BOX AND FRANCHISEES $313,610

CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS PAC $255,000

J.C. PENNEY $200,000

DARDEN RESTAURANT INC. [Olive Garden, Red Lobster] $200,000



MICHAEL’S STORES $190,000

DEL TACO $159,500

BURGER KING CORP. $156,899

LOWE’S $150,000IN-N-OUT BURGERS $145,000

GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER’S CALIFORNIA RECOVERY TEAM $123,608

APPLEBEE’S AND FRANCHISEES $114,000

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN, INC. $100,000

AUTOZONE $100,000

OFFICE DEPOT $100,000

WALGREENS $100,000

NORDSTROM $100,000

CEC ENTERTAINMENT, INC. [Chuck E. Cheese] $100,000

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