Roger Niello needs to prove there is no difference between himself and Ted Gaines. It is the classic campaign tear-down strategy.
I am an insurance agent – I sell all types of insurance and I used Blue Cross as my source for the below data – as several insurance companies supported AB1422 and I wanted to know why.
He has focused on AB1422 – which he voted for, but so did Ted Gaines.
What was AB1422? A premium tax of 2.35% tacked on the Health Insuranace in California to pay for rural health care.
That premium tax had been on the books and this bill was needed – say it’s proponents – in order to attract Federal Funding.
How much federal funding? Enough to cover the whole bill.
The bottom line is that the Feds are paying the cost of the 2.35% premium tax so that people do not see their premiums rise.
It is akin to money laundering or a shell game at the state/federal level – but the reason why the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the National Tax Limitation Committee did not charge it as a bad vote against Ted Gaines “A” ratings was because it did not take more money out of people’s pockets.
But it does give Niello an opportunity to rail against it because trying to explain it is not easy.