Newsom: healthcare changes to help small business owners

California

SACRAMENTO (KRON) — Meeting with small business owners and entrepreneurs, Gov. Gavin Newsom listened to their concerns on healthcare coverage and costs.

“The following year my premium went up.” Scott Halvorson and his wife own a small wedding photography business.

“Year after year the premium keeps going up and now we’re at a point where we’re at $1,000 dollars a month where we were starting out at $850 dollars a month, and that’s just for two people in their 40s,”

Halvorson said. Aiming to help small business owners like Halvorson, part of Newsom’s healthcare proposals include requiring everyone to purchase health insurance and penalizing those who don’t.

With money from the penalty fees, Newsom wants to offer subsidies to families who make up to $150,000 dollars a year to help with the cost of healthcare.

If approved by the legislature, California would be the first state in the country to help people who make 600 percent above the federal poverty level.

“I want to keep premiums low for millions and millions of Californians, I want to increase enrollment,” Newson said. “I don’t want to see ongoing decrease in enrollment, and to the extent people are dissatisfied with doing something no other state in American history has done, I mean come on, I love the critics.”

At the national level, Newsom says the affordable care act has been vandalized.

“They eliminated the individual mandate, they introduced these junk/skinny plans that have increased your premiums, it’s been a massive tax increase to Americans across the political spectrum and every state in America, that’s on this administration,” Newson said. “They’re directly responsible for that tax increase.”

The governor is set to push for a handful of health care proposals this week. His tour continues through Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

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