BELOW is an alert for PEOPLE WHO MAY BE SUBJECT TO THE UPPER TAX BRACKETS, who would be supportive of restoring the upper tax brackets to prevent severe cuts to health care and other vital services.

IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE A RELATIVELY HIGH INCOME, PLEASE NOTIFY THEM OF THIS ALERT. We are seeking at least 100 or more higher-income taxpayers to sign this letter to show they are willing to share in the solution to the budget crisis by restoring the upper tax brackets. They can sign up at our web site, www.health-access.org/openletter.htm.



HEALTH ACCESS ALERT

HELP PREVENT DEVASTATING BUDGET CUTS TO HEALTH CARE AND OTHER KEY SERVICES

Support Restoration of Upper Tax Brackets

Under the Governor’s budget proposal to fix a budget shortfall of over $23 billion, over a million of children, seniors, and working families will not have access to the basic health care they need. Over a half-million Californians will be dropped from Medi-Cal health coverage-the majority of whom are in working families. The proposal reduces eligibility, and restores barriers to enrolling and staying insured. Millions of working families Medi-Cal will get less coverage and care. Uninsured families may not be able to rely on the local safety-net hospital, which will have to cut services or close altogether after severe cuts. More information about these cuts are attached.

Faced with tough budget times in 1967, 1971, and 1991, Governors Reagan and Wilson respectively balanced tough cuts with increased revenues. They both signed into law increase in the top tax brackets. In better times, including the last several years, the state reduced these taxes.

ACTION: URGE THAT THE GOVERNOR AND THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE RESTORE THE UPPER TAX BRACKETS TO 1995 LEVELS. This would provide a needed $3.1 billion, which would prevent the worst of the proposed cuts in health care and other vital services. This revenue is needed to preserve health coverage for over a million California families, and funding for hospitals and emergency rooms on which we all depend. More information about the upper tax bracket is

attached.

IF YOU EXPECT TO BE SUBJECT TO THE UPPER TAX BRACKET, WE NEED YOUR VOICE!

We are working to assemble a list of at least 100 higher-income taxpayers who want to share in the solution to the budget crisis, and support the upper tax bracket restoration.

The national effort to preventing the permanent repeal of the estate tax was greatly assisted by getting 1,000 of those who would pay the estate tax to sign a letter in support of it. Similarly, even 100 signers onto this upper tax bracket restoration support letter could help re-frame the debate substantially.

If you expect to have California taxable income of more than $130,000 as a single filer, $176,950 as a head of household, or $260,000 as a married couple, please consider signing onto our OPEN LETTER, which is attached. We will not publicize the letter until we have at least 100 signatories.

You can sign the open letter on the web at:

http://www.health-access.org/openletter.htm

Health Access California promotes quality, affordable health care for all Californians.

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