After what most consider a successful implementation of the law in California, support for the Affordable Care Act among Golden State voters is the highest it’s ever been, according to a new Field Poll.
Fifty-six percent of respondents expressed support for the federal health law, up three percentage points from last year, compared to 35 percent who oppose it. That approval was likely bolstered by last fall’s rollout of the state health insurance exchange; 60 percent of California voters feel the state has been successful in implementing the Affordable Care Act, twice as many as do not. (Respondents were more evenly split on federal implementation: 49 percent to 46 percent.)
One goal that Californians do not feel the state has met: limiting the rate increases that insurance companies charge to their customers. Forty-six percent of voters believe the state has not been successful in meeting this goal, while only 37 percent do. That could play into Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ efforts to pass Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would allow him to veto insurance rate hikes.
Another Hernández bill, which would hold businesses liable when they employ subcontractors who violate workplace safety or compensation rules, is among organized labor’s legislative priorities this session. Temporary workers from Taylor Farms, which has been at the center of the battle over the bill, now on the Senate floor, will gather on the north steps of the Capitol at 11 a.m. to rally before in heading to lobby legislators.