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  •  Is British Columbia in Canada a good model? (0+ / 0-)
    •  Perhaps (0+ / 0-)

      The State of California shall have a health care payment system like that currently in effect in British Columbia.

      http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/...

      http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/...

      http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/...

      The premiums charged and the premium assistance offered shall be similar taking account the US and Canadian dollar exchange rate.

      The waiting period for coverage shall be the same as of January 31, 2012, unless required otherwise by US federal law.

      The coverage shall include everything required by US federal and California law....

      Amounts not covered by premiums and US federal funds shall be roughly financed as follows:
      1. 40% from a surcharge on California state income tax
      2. 25% from a general sales tax increase
      3. 30% from a tax levied on the same income as federal Medicare
      4. 5% from expensive consumer goods and services and excise taxes

      The legislature may create additional taxes for a reserve fund.

      The fees and prices paid shall be negotiated and not set by regulation except those items state officials feel are unreasonably expensive in comparision to US Medicare for services and Western Europe and Canada for drugs and other medical technology. State officials shall presume a proposed in excess of 20% to be unreasonable in the absence of hard facts to the contrary.

      •  In computing what is reasonable, (0+ / 0-)

        the state shall not factor in compensation to contracted "exempt"[non-union] personnel such as management in excess of amounts typical paid to state personnel of comparable knowledge doing work of comparable difficultly.

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