February 7, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - So far there are about 70 newly submitted California health and education bills that could evolve into something important to track. Right now I would call your attention to the following items:
ACA 5, Shannon Grove, (R-Bakersfield) Abortion: Parental Notification.
Proposes a state Constitutional Parental Notification Amendment which would prohibit a physician and surgeon from performing an abortion on an un-emancipated minor without first notifying at least one parent. This is identical to the Parental Notification initiative that came close to passing a couple of years ago.
You may recall that there has always been two ways to get an initiative on a ballot in any election; through voter signature gathering and by being placed there by the legislature. Last term Gov. Brown signed a bill requiring that initiatives may only appear on general election ballots, not primary ballots also.
Putting a bill on the ballot in the manner of a resolution as is ACA (Assembly Constitutional Amendment) 5, through the legislative process, does away with expensive signature gathering, but does require a 2/3rds vote of each legislative house.
68% of Californians, according to a recent California Public Policy Institute survey, favor parental notification including about 50% of self labeled pro choice people.
A legislative hearing date or committee assignment is still pending.
AB 154, Toni Atkins, (D-San Diego) Healing Arts: Reproductive Health Care.
This is a return of last term’s AB 1338, of the same name, authorizing lower level health care employees to be trained and to perform early abortions. No stipulation as to where they may be performed. Could be a Planned Parenthood clinic. Could be a school based clinic. Who knows?
No committee assignment yet or hearing dates. This will require continual contact of one’s legislators by citizen lobbyists urging a NO vote. Last term the California Nurses Assn opposed the bill. This year they may not.
SB 22, Jim Beall, (D-San Jose) Health Care Coverage: Mental Health Parity.
This amends the 2008 Mental Health Parity Act adding an assurance that funding is provided for mental health services in an amount equal to any other physical or mental health type program.
A couple of bills were passed in the last term expanding mental health services to school children. Also, with the latest shootings at Sandy Hook and elsewhere this has added fuel to the fire on the debate of either limiting gun purchases or expanding mental health counseling. This is another aspect of last year’s bill or Resolution put forward by Contra Costa Senator, Mark DeSaulnier, of Health Care in All things. He was acting apparently at the request of the California Council of Churches who, in 2005 published a manual entitled "Being the Good Samaritan; Health Access for All Californians.
In the same vein, in the contest between gun control vs. mental health control:
AB 202, by Republican Tim Donnelly, authorizes a pilot program to train and place “school Marshals,” with conceal carry permit guns on every campus. This is a proposal being aggressively promoted by the NRA and sweeping across the country.
The school “marshal” would most likely be a designated school employee. This calls for asking where would the money come from to train all the people required? Would this take a teacher out of the classroom and put him/her in the halls? What about the loss of classroom teacher time for the training? There are some teachers whom I would not like to see carrying guns around the school. Also, who would be funding the cost of the guns and the continual re-training and shooting practice costs? What do you bet it's the taxpayer? If it is a group such as the NRA then one needs to consider the entry of yet another private group into the educational stew we now have with mixed public/private partnerships?
SB 154, Tom Berryhill, (R-Modesto), Community Care Facilities.
This bill would make amendments, not yet stipulated, to the 1974 mentally ill, developmentally and physically disabled children and adults services, California Health and Safety Code 1501.
A spokesman in the Berryhill Sacramento office assured me that at present this is only a Spot Bill. "Mr. Berryhill" according to his office, "is the vice Chair of the Senate Health Committee and as such it is his duty to obtain a spot for a health care bill should one, not now seen, be required."
However, it is quite probable that whatever emerges as the final bill will have something to do with expanding community care services and may fit in with the current push to get everybody into community underwritten physical and mental health care counseling and mentoring.
This also presents an opportunity to open a discussion on the whole idea of moving health and welfare type services for all people into the communities. This means, churches, schools, businesses, retirement homes, and out of the hospitals, funded with federal health care dollars and mandates.
The idea of managed health care for all has many facets. The year 2005 seems to the occasion for massive government and foundation campaign to consider everyone as a client in need of some government funded program. The whole idea is to turn everyone into a dependent seeker of services. If you are not a client of some service then you are a provider of services.
In 2005 I did extensive research on a public/private coalition of service providers in Contra Costa County called Contra Costa for Every Generation: Making Our Community Aging Friendly. They published the findings of a survey they completed on Contra Costans age 65 and over. It was titled Identifying Pathways to An Aging-Friendly Community and was conducted by the AdvantAge Initiative. It was also referred to as a Cascade of Partnerships creating a Strategic Plan for all Contra Costans. In other words, every resident of Contra Costa was now seen by the members of this Partnership as one big community made healthy and security because these providers planned their futures. Approximately 250 local organizations, churches, community service providers, transportation, day care, early childhood, business groups formed this coalition to devise a plan to provide services to every single resident of Contra Costa.
Contra Costa County remains an active member community of the AdvantAge Initiative. www.vnsny.org. Contra Costa has been a model for other states and counties. It is funded mainly by AdvantAge and John Muir /Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund and the Y & H Soda Foundation or Orinda, California.
The CCEG is only one such community re-organizing operator in one county, in one state. The numbers of non-profit and government funded groups that have sprung up since 2000 could be said to be legend.
Since our American Citizens are, by all reports, growing older, and many would say sicker, there is a race to see which care provider group can grow the fastest, obtain the most government funding and present their program to the public in the most appealing, enticing manner.
One such nationwide group to emerge on the scene in 2011 is The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, or, C-TAC. Informally it is referred to as Care Transitions. To learn more about programs of this nature link to HYPERLINK "http://www.lifetree.org" www.lifetree.org. Also Belbury Review HYPERLINK "http://www.belburyrevew.com" www.belburyrevew.com. C-TAC Hosts DC Conference.
C-TAC is founded by Bill Novelli, former AARP president and right-to-die advocate. Novelli is also associated with the Porter Novelli law firm which, in conjunction with another group called Partnership for Patients, won a $500 million contract from HHS through Section 3026 of the Affordable Care Ac.
Another person of note in this all inclusive care provider network is Dr. Joanne Lynn, Director of Altarum Center for Elder care and Advanced Illness. HYPERLINK "http://www.altarum.org" www.altarum.org. The complete title is Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Catholic Charities and the Catholic Healthcare Foundation are listed amongst the numerous state, local and private agencies associated with Altarum.
During this year I will be writing more on this subject of the United States citizens becoming willing and maybe unwilling clients of one big health and
welfare provider economy. The idea is everybody needs a mentor and the government wants to be the provider.
The health and mental health zealots see everyone as a client in need of some service. The Educators on the other hand, such as former Washington, D.C. school Superintendent Michelle Rhee, see everyone as needing a teacher or facilitator “every day all day,” as she stated during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on This Week, last Sunday, 2/3/13.
Here's the irony in all this. When you were a teenager all you longed for was a chance to be your own boss. You couldn't wait to get out from under Mom and Pop's house rules. Now, you've been in charge of your own life for years You've provided well for yourself and your family, saved and or invested your earnings. Now here comes some government do-gooders who say that you can't age efficiently by yourself. You need a whole village full of big daddies to look after you and use up your savings in ways that they want it spent.
Is that what you want to go back to? Individual government officials come and go, but government (tax) funded programs last forever unless we the people are vigilant. Look around in your city or town. What kind of five year plan for your health and safety is being planned by bureaucrats?