Last week, the California Labor Federation came knocking on TAG's door about supporting state-mandated Universal Health Care.
No surprise there. Its costs are somewhat higher and it focuses on an employer mandate to get more people covered, rather than an individual mandate, which is what the guv wants.
Long story short: TAG and the IATSE (our mother international) won't be supporting it unless there are amendments which address the problems the legislation causes for our trust fund -- the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plan.
At this point, the bill is really a non-starter anyway, since Arnold S. has announced he's going to veto the sucker if it lands on his desk, and there aren't near enough votes for an override.....
I bring this up because:
A) State coverage could, theoretically, impact TAG members who now get their health coverage from the MPIPHP, and...
B) If state-wide funding for health care happens at some time in the future, it might free up hundreds of millions of dollars that now go into our Health Plan and enable the millions to be redirected into the Pension plans.
Like I say. Theorectical. But worth thinking about for five minutes if you're an active participant in the Pension and Health Plans.