PROP. 56 WILL BENEFIT INSURANCE COMPANIES MOST
Prop. 56 is a $1.4 billion “tax hike grab” by insurance companies and other wealthy special interests to dramatically increase their profits by shortchanging schools and ignoring other pressing problems.
Prop. 56 allocates just 13% of new tobacco tax money to treat smokers or stop kids from starting. If we are going to tax smokers another $1.4 billion per year, more should be dedicated to treating them and keeping kids from starting.
Instead, most of the $1.4 billion in new taxes from PROP. 56 WILL BENEFIT INSURANCE COMPANIES MOST.
PROP. 56 CHEATS SCHOOLS OUT OF AT LEAST $600 MILLION PER YEAR
California’s Constitution (through Proposition 98), requires that schools get at least 43% of any new tax increase. Prop. 56 was purposely written to undermine our Constitution’s minimum school funding guarantee, allowing special interests to deceptively divert at least $600 million a year from schools to health insurance companies and other wealthy special interests. Not one penny of the new tax money will go to improve our kids’ schools.
PROP. 56 DOESN’T SOLVE PROBLEMS FACING CALIFORNIA FAMILIES
We have many pressing problems in California, like fully funding our schools, repairing roads, solving the drought and fighting violent crime. If we are going to raise taxes, we should be spending this new tax revenue on these problems.
PROP. 56 FATTENS INSURANCE COMPANY PROFITS
In another deception, health insurance companies and wealthy special interests wrote Prop. 56 and are spending millions to pass it so that they can get paid as much as $1 billion more for treating the very same Medi‐Cal patients they already treat today. They are not required to accept more Medi‐Cal patients to get this money.
Instead of treating more patients, insurance companies can increase their bottom line and more richly reward their CEOs and senior executives. In fact, the Prop. 56 spending formula gives insurance companies and other health care providers 82% of this new tax.
PROP. 56 SPENDS OVER $147 MILLION PER YEAR ON OVERHEAD AND BUREAUCRACY
This $147 million can be spent each year with virtually no accountability to taxpayers. This could lead to massive waste, fraud, and abuse. In fact, Prop. 56 spends nearly as much money on administration and overhead as it does on tobacco prevention efforts!