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Prop. 8 puts union interests above dialysis patients’ health

November 5, 2018 | San Bernardino Sun | by Adam B. Summers

The profitability of private dialysis centers seems a strange topic for voters to weigh in on—and there is a reason for that. Proposition 8 is the latest attempt by a union to score points against an industry that it has failed for years to unionize. So here we are: dictating private business practices and the

The Good, the Bad and the Egg-Laying Hens: Here’s How You Should Vote on the Ballot Propositions

November 1, 2018 | Los Angeles Times | by George Skelton

California voters have the U.S. president trumped. They can change the state Constitution on their own. The president has no power to amend the U.S. Constitution. That’s elementary bonehead civics. But President Trump seemed to be ignorant of his limits when he fantasized the other day about issuing an executive order to abolish so-called birthright

The Partisan: Deceptive Advertising Is Making a Mockery of the Initiative Process

November 1, 2018 | Voices of Monterey Bay | by Royal Calkins

To understand just how counterproductive California’s initiative process has become, consider Proposition 8 on next week’s ballot, the measure by which voters apparently could condemn thousands of kidney patients. At least that’s what the anti-Prop. 8 advertising tells us, over and over and over. The ads, paid for by the for-profit dialysis clinics, are so

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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,