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Marin Independent Journal Editorial: IJ’s recommendations on state propositions

October 17, 2018 | Marin Independent Journal | by Marin Independent Journal Editorial Board

Voters are being swamped with TV ads either extolling or demonizing various propositions on the ballot. From the standpoint of political wins or losses, they work. Otherwise, the proponents and opponents of those measures wouldn’t be spending millions of dollars producing and airing those ads. It’s become part of California’s political landscape. In many cases,

Proposition 8 Is a Direct Threat to Kidney Dialysis Patients’ Lives

October 15, 2018 | Times of San Diego | by Marian Kammann

As a dialysis patient, Proposition 8 is a direct threat to my life and the lives of every dialysis patient in California. This misleading proposition would cause irreparable harm across our state, through clinic closures and reductions in staff that are crucial to our treatment process. If voted into law, Proposition 8 would set incredibly

Napa Valley Register Editorial: Our View: A Look at the State Ballot Initiatives

October 13, 2018 | Napa Valley Register | by Napa Valley Register Editorial Board

Napa County voters will be confronted by a series of measures on the fall ballot, ranging from the silly to the deadly serious. A number of local and state initiatives deal with building affordable housing and controlling the cost of existing housing. We will deal with those in a future editorial. In the meantime, we

Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial: No on Proposition 8, Regulating Dialysis Clinics’ Profits

October 13, 2018 | Santa Cruz Sentinel | by Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial Board

Proposition 8, which would limit the profits of kidney dialysis clinics, is yet another in a long line of ballot measures that should never have been put before voters. This one involves a special interest — a labor union — trying to obtain from the ballot box what it could not achieve through the legislative

California Proposition 8 Could Reduce Access to Dialysis Clinics

October 9, 2018 | Huntington Beach Daily Pilot | by Guy Churchouse

This November, California’s voters will have before them a proposition that at face value may seem worthy of their support. The only problem is that this proposition will negatively impact the health and wellbeing of thousands of dialysis patients across California, including myself. Proposition 8 would set artificially low limits on what insurance companies are

In Case You Missed It: Bakersfield Californian Opposes Proposition 8

October 3, 2018

SARAMENTO – Calling it “an example of a special interest” misusing the state’s initiative system, the Bakersfield Californian has recommended that voters reject Proposition 8, the dangerous dialysis proposition that will risk the lives of the nearly 70,000 dialysis patients in California. So far, every newspaper editorial board that has evaluated Prop 8 has recommended

No on Proposition 8 Campaign Releases New Ad Featuring California Medical Association, American Nurses Association\California and American College of Emergency Room Physicians of California.

October 1, 2018

Leading Medical Experts Warn Proposition 8 is Dangerous for Dialysis Patients and Bad for California SACRAMENTO – The No on Proposition 8 campaign today released a new television ad featuring trusted medical experts warning of the dangers Proposition 8 will bring to dialysis patients in California. The most recent ad, “Doctors and Nurses Say NO

Palo Alto Daily Post Editorial: The Daily Post’s recommendations on the state ballot propositions

October 1, 2018 | Palo Alto Daily Post | by Palo Alto Daily Post Editorial Board

From rent control to gas taxes, from water projects to property tax valuations, Californians will have a variety of propositions to decide in the fall election. Here’s the Daily Post’s view of the 11 measures on the state ballot. Prop 9, which would have started the ball rolling on dividing California into three states, was

Bakersfield Californian Editorial: We recommend: Fix our roads, deliver clean, abundant water

September 30, 2018 | Bakersfield Californian | by Bakersfield Californian

There’s a little something to interest, or concern, just about everyone on the November ballot of statewide propositions — initiatives affecting the homeless, mentally ill, seniors, dialysis patients, animal lovers, you name it. But the big attention-getter will be Proposition 6, the effort to repeal the gas tax that the Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry

Santa Clarita Gazette Editorial: The Propositions

September 28, 2018 | Santa Clarita Gazette | by The Newsroom

Proposition 1: $4 Billion Bond for Housing Allows the state to borrow $4 Billion to fund “affordable” housing construction & rental and home loan subsidies. The proposition is supposed to help about 55,000 people. It does reserve $1 billion for veterans which many could support. Otherwise it: Does very little to solve any long term

Los Angeles Times Editorial: Proposition 8 Isn’t About Dialysis Care, It’s About Punishing Non-Unionized Clinics. Vote No

September 26, 2018 | Los Angeles Times | by Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

Proposition 8 is a truly odd duck: a proposal that ostensibly seeks to improve dialysis treatment and cut its cost, yet which is opposed by the National Kidney Foundation, the Renal Support Network and other major advocacy groups for dialysis patients. That’s because these groups worry that Proposition 8, which would cap revenues at dialysis

Proposition 8 Would Jeopardize Dialysis Patients’ Lives

September 16, 2018 | CALmatters | by Dr. Theodore M. Mazer

California physicians pay close attention to policies that negatively impact patients and decrease access to quality healthcare. Proposition 8 would be as bad for patients as anything we have seen in a long time. Proposition 8 would put the lives of vulnerable dialysis patients at extreme risk by causing severe cutbacks in services and even

La Opinión Editorial: No to Proposition 8!

September 14, 2018 | La Opinión | by La Opinión Editorial Board

Proposition 8 seeks to make important changes to modify the regulation of the approximately 588 dialysis clinics in California. Dialysis treatment is vital for the survival of the patient who has an extremely serious kidney disease. It requires three visits a week to a specialized clinic. Each one of up to almost four hours, in

La Opinión Editorial: ¡No a La Proposición 8!

September 14, 2018 | La Opinión | by Redacción

Proposición 8 busca hacer cambios importantes para modificar la regulación de las aproximadamente 588 clínicas que realizan diálisis en California. El tratamiento de diálisis es vital para la supervivencia del paciente que tiene una enfermedad renal extremadamente seria. Requiere tres visitas a la semana a una clínica especializada. Cada una de hasta casi cuatro horas

In Case You Missed It: Sacramento Bee, Modesto Bee & Merced Sun-Star Oppose Proposition 8

September 13, 2018

SARAMENTO – Three more newspaper editorial boards came out in opposition to Proposition 8 today. The Sacramento Bee, Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star urged voters to reject the measure “to protect patient safety” and to put patients before the union-supporters’ political objectives. Prop 8 jeopardizes access to dialysis care that patients need to survive. More

Fresno Bee Editorial: On Propositions 8 and 11, Vote to Protect Patient Safety

September 13, 2018 | Fresno Bee | by Fresno Bee Editorial Board

If California voters focus on protecting patients, two labor-related measures on the statewide Nov. 6 ballot are both clear calls. The Bee recommends a “no” vote on Proposition 8 and a “yes” vote on Proposition 11. Proposition 8, which would limit revenues at nearly 600 outpatient dialysis clinics, is a power play by SEIU-United Healthcare

In Case You Missed It: San Diego Union-Tribune & Santa Rosa Press Democrat Urge a NO Vote on Proposition 8

September 12, 2018

SARAMENTO – Saying Proposition 8 represents “an abuse of the initiative system” and “could lead to the closure of an unknown number of dialysis clinics,” the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the San Diego Union-Tribune have editorialized against Proposition 8 and recommended to their reader that they reject the measure. Prop 8 jeopardizes access to

Sacramento Bee Editorial: On Propositions 8 and 11, Vote to Protect Patient Safety

September 12, 2018 | Sacramento Bee | by Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

If California voters focus on protecting patients, two labor-related measures on the statewide Nov. 6 ballot are both clear calls. We recommend a “no” vote on Proposition 8 and a “yes” vote on Proposition 11. Proposition 8, which would limit revenues at nearly 600 outpatient dialysis clinics, is another power play by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers

Merced Sun-Star Editorial: Put Patients Ahead of Union Priorities

September 12, 2018 | Merced Sun-Star | by Merced Sun-Star Editorial Board

We have no particular affection for the way the business of healthcare is conducted in this state or country. Many of the modest reforms enacted by the Obama administration have been gutted, and we’re seeing more people unable to get or afford insurance coverage. The for-profit model prevalent in so many of the industry’s specialized

Modesto Bee Editorial: Put Patients Ahead of Union Priorities

September 12, 2018 | Modesto Bee | by Modesto Bee Editorial Board

We have no particular affection for the way the business of healthcare is conducted in this state or country. Many of the modest reforms enacted by the Obama administration have been gutted, and we’re seeing more people unable to get or afford insurance coverage. The for-profit model prevalent in so many of the industry’s specialized

Santa Rosa Press Democrat Editorial: An Abuse of the Initiative System

September 12, 2018 | Santa Rosa Press Democrat | by Santa Rosa Press Democrat Editorial Board

Proposition 8 is nothing short of an abuse of California’s initiative process, which allows anyone with enough money to put a proposed law on the ballot. This initiative is designed to punish dialysis clinic operators who have resisted union efforts to organize their employees. Voters shouldn’t play along. We don’t have a position on whether

San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial: Proposition 8: Vote No on Cynical Union Power Play

September 11, 2018 | San Diego Union-Tribune | by San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

Let’s be blunt: Voters should reject Proposition 8 on Nov. 6. It would limit the profits of kidney dialysis clinics on the spurious grounds someone somewhere needs to force owners to spend more on “direct patient care and health-care improvements.” Help dialysis patients? It could lead to the closure of an unknown number of dialysis

In Case You Missed It: “San Francisco Chronicle Opposes Prop 8”

September 10, 2018

Says Prop 8 “could present serious problems for some of the nearly 70,000 dialysis patients in California” SARAMENTO – Stating that Prop 8 is “a measure that does not belong on the state ballot” and “could present serious problems for some of the nearly 70,000 dialysis patients in California,” the San Francisco Chronicle editorialized against

San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: A Measure That Does Not Belong on the State Ballot — The Chronicle Recommends: No on California Prop. 8

September 9, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle | by San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

Proposition 8, which would limit the profits of kidney dialysis clinics, is an example of a special interest trying to obtain from the ballot box what it could not achieve through other processes. In this case, the measure was brought by a labor union, SEIU-UHW West, that has been frustrated in its efforts to organize

In Case You Missed It: San Jose Mercury News & East Bay Times Oppose Prop 8

August 23, 2018

“This would be a devastating development for patients, who could be forced to travel longer distances to receive treatments.” SARAMENTO –Equating Proposition 8 to a “long history of propositions gone awry,” the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times editorialized against the dialysis proposition saying it is “a classic example of a ballot measure

East Bay Times Editorial: Reject Prop. 8, Capping Kidney Dialysis Firms’ Profits

August 23, 2018 | East Bay Times | by East Bay Times Editorial Board

California has a long history of propositions gone awry. Proposition 8 provides a classic example of a ballot measure that has no business being decided by California voters. The complex initiative designed to regulate the dialysis industry is better suited for the Legislature, where the wording of new laws can be thoroughly vetted and easily

Proposition 8 would interfere with good medical care in California

August 23, 2018

Orange County Register Thomas Elias August 23, 2018 Suppose for a moment that your favorite relative — father, mother, aunt, uncle, brother or sister — were getting urgently needed cancer treatment and California’s government suddenly decreed the doctor could not include his assistant’s pay in any fees he charged. So he fires his assistant and

San Jose Mercury News Editorial: Reject Prop. 8, Capping Kidney Dialysis Firms’ Profits

August 23, 2018 | San Jose Mercury News | by San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board

California has a long history of propositions gone awry. Proposition 8 provides a classic example of a ballot measure that has no business being decided by California voters. The complex initiative designed to regulate the dialysis industry is better suited for the Legislature, where the wording of new laws can be thoroughly vetted and easily

Prop. 8 Goes Too Far, Interferes with Medical Care

August 23, 2018 | Riverside Press-Enterprise | by Thomas Elias

Suppose for a moment that your favorite relative — father, mother, aunt, uncle, brother or sister — were getting urgently needed cancer treatment and California’s government suddenly decreed the doctor could not include his assistant’s pay in any fees he charged. So he fires his assistant and then has less time to devote to caring

Dialysis Patients Could Be in Jeopardy If Current Proposed Legislation Succeeds

August 16, 2018 | Burbank Leader | by Sue Germaine

There are two proposed pieces of legislation that if placed into law would leave myself and thousands of other dialysis patients across California with reduced access to care and the treatment we need to survive. Both Proposition 8, which will come before voters this fall, and state Senate Bill 1156, which is pending in the

Proposition 8 goes too far, interferes with medical care

August 14, 2018

The Chico Enterprise-Record Thomas Elias August 14, 2018 Suppose for a moment that your favorite relative – father, mother, aunt, uncle, brother or sister – was getting urgently needed cancer treatment and California’s government suddenly decreed the doctor could not include his assistant’s pay in any fees he charged. So he fires his assistant and

Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations Opposes Proposition 8 – the Dangerous Dialysis Proposition

August 6, 2018

Ethnic physicians join broad coalition of more than 100 organizations opposing measure that puts dialysis patient lives at risk SACRAMENTO – Today, the No on Proposition 8 campaign announced that the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) has formally opposed Proposition 8. NEPO is coalition of more than 40 ethnic physician organizations in California and

More Than 100 Groups Oppose Proposition 8, the Dangerous Dialysis Proposition

July 31, 2018

Organizations including nurses, doctors, clinics, patient advocates, veterans and others opposing measure that puts dialysis patients’ lives at risk  SACRAMENTO – Stop the Dangerous Dialysis Proposition, the coalition opposed to Proposition 8 on the California November ballot, announced today that more than 100 groups are now opposed to the flawed measure. The broad coalition includes

California’s Independent Legislative Analyst Says Prop 8 Could Force Community Dialysis Clinics to Scale Back Operations or Close, Disrupting Patient Access to Treatment and Leading to Health Complications.

July 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – As part of the official analysis prepared for the Voter Information Guide mailed to all registered voters, the independent, nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) highlighted potential significant negative consequences for patients should Proposition 8 pass in November. The LAO describes “major sources of uncertainty” (pg 6) with how the measure would be implemented and how

Why Prop 8 Jeopardizes Dialysis Patients’ Lives

July 25, 2018 | San Diego Union-Tribune | by Wendy Skinner

I am strongly opposed to Proposition 8 on the California November ballot because it will endanger the lives of patients like me who require dialysis three days a week to stay alive. Simply put, Proposition 8 is dangerous and will make it harder for dialysis patients in California, like me, to receive life-saving dialysis treatments.

New Study from Former State Legislative Analyst Finds Proposition 8 Will Put Eighty-Three Percent (83%) of Dialysis Clinics in the Red

July 23, 2018

Dangerous Dialysis Proposition would force clinic closure – endangering the lives of vulnerable patients who need dialysis three days a week to survive SACRAMENTO – A new independent analysis of Proposition 8 by California’s former Legislative Analyst Bill Hamm and the economic consulting firm Berkeley Research Group (BRG), found that Prop 8 – the dialysis

SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan Comes Up Empty on Multi-Million Dollar Ballot Initiative Gamble

June 29, 2018 | Stern Burger with Fries |

The odds on Dave Regan’s ballot-initiative gamble just got a bit longer. Regan, who has already spent upwards of $6 million of SEIU-UHW’s funds on a California initiative targeting kidney dialysis clinics, was hoping the dialysis industry would agree to a special unionization deal in exchange for Regan dropping his initiative off the ballot. That didn’t happen. Yesterday was

Coalition of Doctors, Nurses, Patients, Caregivers Vows to Defeat the Dangerous Dialysis Proposition That Puts Dialysis Patients’ Lives at Risk

June 28, 2018

Deeply-flawed initiative will be on the November 2018 California ballot SACRAMENTO – Patients and Caregivers to Protect Dialysis Patients, a coalition of nearly 100 groups, vowed today to soundly defeat the Dangerous Dialysis Proposition which the California Secretary of State announced will be on the California November 2018 ballot. Opponents, including the American Nurses Association

Coalition of Emergency Room Doctors, Physicians, Nurses, Patient Advocacy Groups and Dialysis Clinics Vow to Defeat Deeply- Flawed Dialysis Proposition Now Eligible for November Ballot

May 30, 2018

Dangerous measure puts the lives of vulnerable dialysis patients at risk. SACRAMENTO – Today, the Secretary of State announced that the Deeply-Flawed Dialysis Proposition had submitted enough signatures to be eligible for the November ballot. Unless proponents withdraw this measure by June 28, 2018, the measure will appear on the ballot this fall. In response,

In Case You Missed It: Emergency Room Doctors Oppose Dialysis Ballot Measure in California

May 7, 2018

California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians says measure would “increase (dialysis patient) risk for life-threatening complications” SACRAMENTO – The California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) announced its opposition to the deeply-flawed dialysis proposition aimed for the November 2018 ballot. California ACEP joins the coalition of more than 65

In Case You Missed It: California Medical Association Opposes the Dangerous Dialysis Proposition

April 26, 2018

CMA, representing 43,000 California physicians, says the proposition “puts patients’ lives at risk”. SACRAMENTO – The California Medical Association (CMA), representing more than 43,000 physicians, formally announced its opposition to the deeply-flawed dialysis proposition aimed for the November 2018 ballot. CMA joins more than 60 other organizations representing patient advocates, doctors, nurses, dialysis clinics, veterans

California Physicians Oppose Proposed Ballot Measure to Cap Dialysis Cost

April 26, 2018 | Los Angeles Business Journal | by Dana Bartholomew

A state physician’s group has come out against a proposed ballot measure that would limit the cost of kidney dialysis, saying it would put patients’ lives at risk. The California Medical Association said that by setting reimbursement rates too low to cover costs, the measure would force many community clinics to cut-back care or close.

Dialysis Patient Advocacy Groups Join Coalition of Doctors, Nurses, Dialysis Caregivers, and Veterans to Oppose the Deeply-Flawed Dialysis Proposition That Puts Vulnerable Dialysis Patients at Severe Risk

April 3, 2018

Coalition now more than 60 organizations (and growing). SACRAMENTO – Dialysis patient advocacy groups are lining up to oppose a deeply-flawed ballot measure that if passed, would put the lives of vulnerable dialysis patients at risk. Patient advocates are joining Patients and Caregivers to Protect Dialysis Patients, a coalition of more than 60 groups representing

Union’s Hardball Tactics Put Dialysis Patients in the Crossfire

March 22, 2018 | Sacramento Bee | by Dr. Bryan Wong

I’m a kidney doctor responsible for the care of more than 750 patients in the Bay Area with kidney failure. Many of my patients depend on dialysis treatments three times a week to stay alive. Missing even a single appointment can result in a trip to the emergency room or even death. That’s why I’m

Coalition of Doctors, Nurses, Dialysis Caregivers, Patient Advocates and Veterans Oppose Deeply-Flawed Dialysis Proposition That Puts Vulnerable Dialysis Patients at Severe Risk

February 27, 2018

United Healthcare Workers (UHW) is abusing the ballot measure process as part of a union organizing campaign SACRAMENTO – A broad coalition of doctors, nurses, patients, caregivers, veterans, and other health care providers announced today it plans to fight on behalf of California dialysis patients to oppose the deeply- flawed dialysis ballot measure likely on

Seven Initiatives to Watch That Threaten California Prosperity

February 27, 2018 | Fox & Hounds | by Loren Kaye

Voters may face as many seven ballot measures damaging to California’s business and political climate in November. Any one of these measures should motivate millions in opposition spending by affected industries. More than a few are likely to qualify for the ballot. Conventional wisdom teaches that gubernatorial elections deliver older and more conservative voters to

California Union Leverages Ballot Initiatives for Health Care on Its Own Terms

February 5, 2018 | Politico | by Victoria Colliver

One of California’s most powerful heath care unions wants the public to press hospitals and insurers over high costs, filing 10 state and local propositions for November’s elections — a tactic critics deride as an inappropriate attempt to gain negotiating leverage via the ballot box. Following victories to raise the minimum wage in Arizona, Colorado,