By writer to www.ocregister.com
Though it appears everybody’s a public-health knowledgeable today, California voters haven’t any enterprise — and presumably little or no curiosity — in entering into the trivia of health-clinic laws in our state.
Go away that to the consultants, proper? Or at the least to lawmakers in Sacramento?
Mistaken, in case you are a Golden State voter needing to resolve on the propositions that may quickly arrive in your vote-by-mail poll.
Simply as you had been pressured to solely two years in the past with Proposition eight in 2018, you might be being requested with this 12 months’s Proposition 23 to create, or decline to, new guidelines for dialysis clinics all through California.
There isn’t a medical or public-health motive to place us via making this choice once more. Two years in the past, voters rejected Prop. eight by a few 60-40 margin. There isn’t a indication in any respect that dialysis clinics are unsafe in California. And but, in your poll, you may be requested to resolve whether or not clinics, for example, will need to have an on-site doctor whereas sufferers are being handled, and whether or not they need to should report an infection statistics to the state fairly than the federal authorities.
However sufferers already ceaselessly meet with their very own physicians in these clinics. The nurses who run the clinics now are absolutely able to high-level medical oversight. Many clinics are open 16 hours a day; if an extra employees doctor is required, it could add greater than $200,000 a 12 months to their bills.
So this isn’t about Californians’ well-being. The poll measure wasn’t created by dialysis sufferers upset by their healthcare choices. Its backer is SEIU-UHW West, a healthcare staff’ labor union that has not been profitable in organizing staff in dialysis clinics. Its electoral plan is seemingly to make the 2 firms that personal a lot of the state’s clinics spend a lot cash combating poll initiatives each two years that they’ve a tough time staying in enterprise.
That type of chicanery makes a mockery of California’s initiative system and of your time as a citizen and voter.
Nonetheless, the accountable transfer is to affix us, the California Medical Affiliation, the California NAACP and dialysis sufferers’ advocacy teams in voting No on Prop. 23 in your November poll.
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