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PROTECTING “OUR” CHILDREN
May 20th 2007 @ 10:06 am

PROTECTING "OUR" CHILDREN:
From What or whom?

Governor Schwarzenegger along with the Democrat packed legislature is determined to install the state as the primary health care provider and overseer of wellness for every man, woman and child in the state regardless of legal residency status of an individual or that individuals ability to pay for their own health care insurance. And, especially no matter how much it negates parental supervision, authority and responsibility for one’s children. This same situation has been going on in many states not just California for some years.

Beginning in January a large number of bills covering every imaginable variation of state mandated coverage on health care has been submitted mainly by Democrat Legislators. As the months passed the legislators began amending some of these bills to match the signals that the Governor has put out regarding what he will sign into law.

With the advent of this legislative term both in the states and in Congress it is becoming impossible to avoid recognition of the legislators desire to see themselves as an elitist, highly qualified body of governors of humanity who are determined to take charge of and direct every human life through education, health care, employment, doing it through a partnership with approved community agencies, local government officials and educational promotions. The goal of which is not individual human self sufficiency and intellectual development. It to direct these lives in such a way as to benefit the state, to benefit the state’s coffers, (sick people cost money, Employees with outdated skills cost the state money, the elderly and disabled cost the state money).. To meet every need of groups and individuals is the goal of politicians in order to keep people pacified and comfortable and above all to protect the state against those who would be seen as independent thinkers and, therefore, troublemakers.

Earlier this year the Governor held a conference with the business, medical and community service type agencies regarding health care coverage. This resulted in a 10 page report located online entitled Governor’s Health Care Proposal.

Here is the opening statement of that proposal:

The Governor’s vision for health reform is an accessible, efficient and affordable health care system that promotes a healthier California through prevention and wellness and universality of coverings. For the Governor’s vision to be realized, health care reform must reflect a ‘systems’ approach that incorporates three essential building blocks in an integrated manner.

These building blocks are:

Prevention, health promotion and wellness
Coverage for all Californians
Affordability and cost containment

Of all the bills submitted (the date for submitting any others is over).. All they can do now is amend the current bills or cut and paste wording into some other bill.

The Governor and the authors of these bills have declared that no new taxes need be raised to cover this huge expansion of health care insurance to every resident. This means that it takes only a majority vote to pass through committees. Since all committees are stacked with Democrats any Republican vote in opposition is useless. Only when taxes are involved does a Republican vote count since this requires a 2/3rds vote.

However, the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees have the authority to place on suspension any bill coming through their committee that it deems may have costs of a minimum of $150,000. Most of these health care bills have been placed on suspense. The Assembly speaker, Don Perata and others are now heavily lobbying to allow some of these bills to pass out of Appropriations regardless of the expense.

The bills to strongly oppose are:


AB 1, John Laird, (D-Sta Cruz) Health Care Coverage.

  1. Would expand eligibility for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families Program by raising the percentage above the federally defined poverty level of anywhere from 150% to 300% thus covering all welfare recipients on up to most middle income people.
  2. Would delete any citizenship and immigration status requirements.
  3. Accept an applicant’s signature as v verification of value or income.
  4. Will surely cover most or all children and some families through the Healthy Families

Program.

Companion Bill:


SB 32, Darrell Steinberg, (D-Sacramento, Health Care Coverage.: Children


Contains wording similar to AB 1 and establishes the Healthy Families bridge to Medi-Cal through presumptive eligibility.


AB 8, Fabian Nunez, (D-LA) Health Care Coverage: Employers and Employees.


This bill is getting the media attention and fast tracking through the legislature with the support of Senator Don Perata.

1. Creates the Cooperative Health Insurance Purchasing Program.


  1. Notice the similarity in initials - CHIPP - with the federal SCHIP mandate - state/Federal Children’s Health Insurance Program. SCHIP pays almost half of the state health insurance program.
     
  2. Federal programs make allowance for state requested waivers to the federal requirements so one never knows just what the state will desire to "waive" in order to get the federal money but create their own services.
     
  3. This would become the single payer source for the state. See also AB 2, health Care Coverage, by Mervyn Dymally which authorizes making the MRMIB program the single payer. (Major Risk Medical Insurance Program run by the MRMIP Board of appointed special interest representatives).


AB 12, Jim Beall, (D-San Jose), Adult Health Coverage Program: Santa Clara County.

  1. Authorizes creation of Adult Health Coverage Program as a countywide pilot program administered by the county or "local initiative." These words are code words for private sector non-governmental organizations that do the work of the government and are protected from the taxpayer’s access.
     

  2. Would require employers to pay for employee insurance or contribute to a state fund. In other words this would be a testing ground or forerunner for a statewide mandated program using Santa Clara residents to work out the pitfalls in this form of health care provision by a government entity.


AB 14, John Laird, (D-Sta Cruz) Discrimination: Civil Rights Act of 2007.


Amends about 51 sections of the state codes.

1. Expands greatly the groups which will be empowered to sue for perceived acts of discrimination. Though it seems to maintain wording protecting conscious clauses for medical personnel even this can be challenged in a courtroom as a form of discrimination ala abortion, contraceptive prescriptions, even Assisted Suicide. Which means that even if we succeed in defeating AB 374, Choice in Dying by Lloyd Levine and Patty Berg - the assisted suicide bill, all it would take is a court case claiming some sort of perceived discrimination in health care due to age or disability or something, to create a state Supreme Court Decision supporting assisted suicide.

(Ed note: The California Conference of Catholic Bishops has mounted a strong opposition to AB 374 and qualified opposition to this bill).

Coauthors of this bill are worthy of note because some of their bills focusing narrowly on certain aspects of discrimination will be strengthened by passage of AB 14. Assembly members Loni Hancock, (D-Berkeley), Mark Leno, (D-SF), Sally Lieber (AB 755, Corporal Punishment - spanking) and Senators Christine Kehoe, (D-San Diego) and Sheila Kuehl. AB 16, Edward Hernandez, (D-W. Covina) authorizes the department of education to vaccinate all school children whenever the FDA authorizes certain vaccines as beneficial to students. Supported by Planned Parenthood.


See also SB 777, Sheila Kuehl, (D-Sta Monica) Discrimination. Amends or adds to 59 various state codes. This bill is a companion to AB 14. It specifically focuses on discrimination in educational instructional materials that "reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, sex,color, creed, handicap (this has a new definition as compared to disabled), national origin, or ancestry. This bill heavily supported by the homosexual lobbying groups Is already awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.


SB 840, Sheila Kuehl, (D-Sta Monica) Single-Payer Health Care Coverage.

  1. Establishes the State Universal Health Care System.
  2. Creates Universal Healthcare Policy Board to establish policy on medical issues.
  3. Bill lists a total of 38 legislators and an entire page of closely typed supporters including every conceivable special interest group plus the California Catholic Conference and Planned Parenthood.

This would seem to contradict the Catholic Conference’s stand in opposition to the other bills I listed. This bill along with AB 51 a Mervyn Dymally bill creating an Office of Patient Advocate within the state Health Care Coverage dept has the strong potential to usher in not only Assisted Suicide but euthanasia.
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I have included the following article from an online newspaper publication in Nevada County, California to show the current thinking of health department officials. It is obvious that the person speaking is more concerned about the community’s health than she is the child or the family.

This seems to me to epitomize the philosophy found in all these bills - the state knows best, the parents are failing their children and consequently the state.
 


Protecting Our Children, Protecting Our Community


By: Cynthia W. Schuetz, PhD, MPH, First 5 Nevada County
Published: Apr 19, 2007 at 08:24

Did you know that Nevada County has the lowest percentage of children entering kindergarten who are fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases of any county in the state? (ED. This reinforces the claims of AB 16.) Or that we are at risk for an outbreak of some contagious diseases because our "community immunity" isn’t as high as it should be? Indeed, we recently experienced an outbreak of whooping cough in our community, a disease that can be deadly to infants. Here are a few facts:

- In 2006 only 73% of Nevada County’s young children beginning kindergarten were fully immunized compared to 93% state-wide.

Federal law requires that all children entering kindergarten and in child care be vaccinated against whooping cough and ten other vaccine-preventable diseases.


(Ed. What does "vaccine preventable" mean? It means vaccinating young children against sexually transmitted infections - non airborn communicable diseases - and anything that the FDA approves without parental consent)


- California has passed a law that allows parents to exempt their child from being vaccinated based on "personal beliefs" simply by signing a form.

(Ed. AB 16 may also allow a religious opt out, but the student won’t be permitted to proceed to the 7th grade without the Gardasil and/or other FDA approved vaccines)


- Over 14% of 2006 entering kindergartners in Nevada County were exempted from immunization based on "personal beliefs." That’s ten times the state average.


(Ed. childhood diseases such as vaccine induced autism are on the rise brought about scientific experiments claim by too much and too early vaccinations)


- It has become more difficult for busy parents to "keep up" with children’s immunizations and it may be expensive.


(ED. so, therefore turn your child over to the state without question or input for the state employee/child care provider/teacher/social worker, isn’t too busy between 9 AM and 5 PM to provide for your child)


The Board of Supervisors, concerned about our low immunization levels, has proclaimed the week of April 21-28 Infant Immunization Week in Nevada County, part of a national effort sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control. They know that we must protect our children –and all of our citizens; our low immunization levels threaten our "community immunity." This week is a perfect time to check and see if your children are up-to-date with their immunizations. Help them grow up healthy and strong. Love, protect, and immunize them on time every time–at birth and at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 15 months of age.

Why is it important for children to be immunized?

First, of course, is to protect them from several diseases. Many of us have forgotten or never experienced the tremendous toll contagious diseases can take.


(Ed: venereal diseases such as HPV are not contagious diseases. They are spread through sexual activity)


Before vaccines, parents in the United States could expect that every year:

- Polio would paralyze 10,000 children.

(ED. polio was wiped out by DDT spraying. Environmentalists banned DDT and now polio - the mosquitos that carry the disease- is coming back. Now, instead of spraying mosquitos we have to vaccinate our children placing some of then in danger from after effects, but the disease carrying mosquitos are allowed to live)

Rubella (German measles) would cause birth defects and mental retardation in as many as 20,000 newborns.

- Measles would infect about 4 million children, killing 3,000.

- Diphtheria would be one of the most common causes of death in school-aged children.

- A bacterium called Haemphilus influenzae type B (Hib) would cause meningitis in 15,000 children, leaving many children with permanent brain damage.

- Pertussis (whooping cough) would kill thousands of infants.

Second, immunizing children also protects the community from an outbreak of disease…or even worse, an epidemic. Un-immunized persons are protected-indirectly-against some infectious diseases by being surrounded by immunized persons. This is known as community immunity. Community immunity requires a high percentage of fully immunized people, who act as a kind of "firebreak" in the spread of disease, slowing or preventing the further transmission of the disease to others. As more and more children in our county are not immunized, the risk of losing our "community immunity" increases, which could result in a resurgence of certain diseases.

While community immunity protects us all, it particularly protects:

- Those too young to be vaccinated.

- Children who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

- Those for whom the vaccine proves ineffective.

- The elderly and others, whose immunity has worn off.

(ED. so, it is a parent’s duty to protect the community by subjecting their child to vaccinations?)

Are vaccines safe for my child?

Parents may ask themselves if the vaccine’s benefits clearly and definitively outweigh its risks. On this doctors, scientists and public health professionals are almost unanimous: the effects of the diseases are much greater than the effects of the vaccines. (ED. tell that to the parents of autistic children) We have years of evidence that show vaccines are safe. In the vast majority of cases, they cause no side effects or only mild reactions like fever or soreness at the site of the injection. Severe reactions to vaccines occur so rarely that the risk is usually difficult to calculate. Children will be much sicker if they catch the disease than they will be if they experience the possible side effects of the vaccines.

There are many resources available to parents who wish to do their own research about the safety of vaccines and educate themselves about immunizations. We have provided a list of the resources we consider to be the most helpful in an accompanying sidebar.

What if I don’t know which vaccines my child has had?

We are all so busy, it is hard to keep track of our children’s vaccine schedule. Sometimes we change doctors and that makes it even harder. The Nevada County Public Health Department is developing a new "Shots for Tots" database that will keep track of your child’s immunizations.

(ED. the state will now be the repository of information on your child’s immunity because you can’t be trusted to keep track.)

That will make keeping track easier, but even now, you can ask your medical provider to help you figure out which vaccines your child has had.

Is there a way to get low-cost vaccines?

Another issue is the cost of vaccines. The good news is that there are places in the community where you can get all of the vaccines for a low cost or even free. We’ve provided a list of those places elsewhere on this page. And you can always call the Department of Public Health, 265-1415 for assistance in finding out about vaccines.


(ED. there is no such thing as free vaccines. The taxpayer will pay a high price for these free vaccines, especially as the illegal immigrants are given these shots. These are the source of exposure to contagious diseases.)


There are several health care bills in the state legislature that will authorize universal health care coverage either for children through the Healthy Families program, or, for adults or for both. Illegal aliens aren’t getting or required by the state to get vaccinations before coming into this country so the state is saying that in order to "protect the community" your legal citizen child must be vaccinated, not the illegal immigrant.)

Parents may also receive a call from their child’s school, offering to give vaccines. Nevada County Rotary Clubs and Superintendent Terry McAteer are providing schools with a health aid to follow-up and offer services to families this school year.

One more point: We live in a "global village," (emphasis added) and while the United States has had wonderful success at limiting contagious disease, thanks to our high immunization rates, other countries continue to struggle with diseases like polio and measles. Even if we don’t travel internationally, we have neighbors who do.
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Beginning May 26th until June 15th the office of CRLC will be closed. These last three reports have included every bill of significant importance to the family and child that we could find. Please continue to write your legislators and the Governor.. In speaking with legislative policy and fiscal analysts it was clear that they are concerned about the Governor’s proposals. There is already a $1.7 Billion working deficit at the Capitol.

All letters should be addressed to:
The Hon.___________________
C/0 State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

-Camille
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904