SACRAMENTO Calif. The California Assembly on Monday approved the first phase of a more than $14 billion health care reform plan that could include a 1 percent to 6.5 percent payroll tax on employers, based on a sliding scale. Details about financing have yet to be determined, but the initiative would require almost all Californians to have health coverage by 2010, including an estimated 3.6 million state residents who are currently uninsured. The bill now moves on to the state ...

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