Half of California voters support preserving the state's controversial new law requiring employers to provide health insurance for their workers, according to a new Field Poll. The law, passed in October 2003, requires companies with 50 or more workers to offer health benefits to employees and dependents by 2007 or pay into a state insurance pool. Business groups are seeking to repeal the law through a referendum on the November ballot. The survey found that 50% of likely voters supported keeping the new mandate, while 28% said they would repeal the law and 22% were undecided. Voter awareness of the referendum was relatively low, with 23% of survey respondents saying they had knowledge of the referendum prior to being read its main provisions. The telephone poll of 647 registered voters likely to vote in November was conducted May 18-24. -- by Laura B. Benko
Poll: Calif. voters support mandatory insurance law
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