The Wisconsin State Senate, controlled by Democrats, passed legislation as part of the state budget that would create a new $15 billion payroll tax to finance a single-payer system in the state, though Medicare would continue to provide help to seniors. Employers and residents would be required to participate, but enrollees could choose their doctors and plans. Participants would pay 4% of their wages and employers would contrbute 10.5% of employees' wages. Gov. Jim Doyle, also a Democrat, has his own plan for healthcare and has yet to endorse the Senate plan. The measure is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House.
Healthy Wisconsin (June 26, 2007)
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