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4/25/2005 9:47:33 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California moves toward universal health care

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HSLDA is passing on this e-mail Alert from Roy Hanson and Jim Davis of
Family Protection Ministries (FPM).

Although this is not directly a home school issue, it will affect
every person and family in California. We think it is important
enough for you to consider the recommended action steps contained
therein.

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Roy Hanson's HELP Tree ALERT April 25, 2005
Private and Home Educators of California

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Bill: AB 1670 - Universal Health Care
Author: Assemblymembers Joe Nation and Keith Richman
Position: Strongly OPPOSE

Status: In California State Assembly

Summary of Concerns:
AB 1670 is an attempt to move California toward the Universal Health
Care as promoted by Hillary Clinton. AB 1670 will: 1) destroy the
current system of choices of health care coverage; 2) drive up the
cost of both health care and health insurance coverage; 3) force
everyone to participate; 4) reduce the quality of health care; 5)
reduce the availability of health care, forcing some families to go
out of state to obtain health care for their family members; and 6)
create a new government bureaucracy that will make life and death
medical decisions.

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Information Included In This E-mail:

A. Action Items
B. Background Information
C. Reasons to Oppose

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A. Action Items:

1. Call your state Assemblymember now and ask them to "Please vote No
on AB 1670."

You can find your state legislators, their phone numbers, addresses,
and other contact information by entering your 9 digit ZIP code or
physical address in our Legislative Toolbox. If you are unable to
locate your legislator using our web site, you will need to call your
county elections, voter registration, or registrar of voters office.



Notes:
* Call as a concerned parent and citizen. This bill affects all
families.
* For these calls, you can use the Reasons for Opposition stated
below, but this is not necessary.
* Because e-mails are usually ignored, calls are significantly more
effective.
* KEEP this Alert as a reference for future HELP Tree Alerts.
* Reprint or forward this to your friends, church, school, and group.
* Pray for a proper outcome.

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B. Background Information:

* AB 1670 would require every resident in California to purchase
health care coverage from a government-approved "purchasing pool" that
includes private health insurance plans which meet the minimum
requirements set by either the Department of Managed Health Care or
the Department of Insurance.

* AB 1670, according to the author's office, will likely be amended
to include enforcement for those who do not "voluntarily" pay for a
government-approved private health care plan, by increasing their
state income tax to cover the cost of the lowest priced health
insurance plan, and signing them up for that plan. An alternative
approach under consideration is mandatory withholding of the monthly
premium amounts from their paychecks.

* AB 1670 would require state and federal tax dollars to be used to
subsidize businesses for the procurement of health care plans for
employees who earn less than 200% of the federal poverty level.


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C. Reasons to Oppose that your legislators will understand:

* Health care is primarily the responsibility of families and
individuals, not of the government.

* AB 1670 effectively creates a form of taxation on every individual
in two ways: 1) By requiring all residents to pay for
government-approved health insurance, the government would be imposing
a financial requirement on its citizens just as certainly as if it
were collecting an "insurance tax" to cover the cost of health care
coverage; 2) The author's office estimated that in addition to federal
tax sources, at least 1.5 billion in new taxes will be charged to
insurance company HMOs. This increase, of course, will be passed on
to consumers in higher premiums.

* AB 1670 interferes with the right of individuals to manage their
own medical decisions. For instance, those who would prefer to pay
out-of-pocket or to participate in a "cooperative" health payment plan
would instead be forced to sign up and pay for a "state approved"
health insurance program.

* AB 1670 will destroy the current level of choices for health care
coverage currently available to Californians as the government defines
what constitutes "acceptable" health care coverage and what does not.

* Government control over payments for health care will lead to
government control of medical decisions, because requirements will be
imposed on the proposed "purchasing pool" of private health plans.


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Roy Hanson's Home Educators Legislative Phone Tree
Private & Home Educators of California
P.O. Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648-0730
Fax: (916) 415-9470

HELP Tree Director
P.O. Box 100
Somerset, CA 95684-0100
Fax: (530) 622-4717

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The purpose of this communication is to present information and
express our position on the issue(s) addressed. We encourage you to
research this for yourself and come to your own conclusions.
Regardless of your position, we strongly urge you to exercise your
constitutional right to express your position to your elected
representatives. We have included an example of how we have expressed
our position.

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DISCLAIMER: This is considered a private and confidential message to
HELP Tree Members only. We are not responsible for the accuracy of
copies printed, forwarded, or sent by any party other than directly
from Private & Home Educators of California.

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Family Protection Ministries (FPM) is coordinating work at the capitol
in Sacramento through meetings with legislators and other parties, and
testifying in committee hearings. We ask our members to coordinate
all verbal testimony at any hearing through Roy and Jim by calling
them at 916-786-3523. This is necessary to ensure that adequate time
is available for testimony from key witnesses. FPM will be at any and
all hearings on this bill as they routinely testify on any legislation
that might be of concern to the private homeschool community. We and
FPM jointly continue to monitor this and all other legislation of
significance to private homeschoolers in California.

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