Not Just a One-time Cut

More than one million Californians could either lose or be denied health coverage, under the permanent policy changes included as part of the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. In denying or eliminating coverage for one million Californians, these permanent policy changes would significantly impact the entire healthcare system, increasing the number of uninsured from 6.5 million to an estimated 7.5 million, while reducing benefits or access for another 3.6 million low-income Californians dependent on public programs. The increase in the uninsured alone would threaten the health care system; the cuts in benefits or access further endanger it.

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