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8/22/2006 11:09:44 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California--Act Now to Oppose Socialized Medicine Bill

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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 homeschool 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 August 21, 2006
Private and Home Educators of California

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Bill: SB 840 as amended - Socialized Medicine
Author: State Senator Sheila Kuehl
Position: Strongly OPPOSE

Status: Passed the California Senate and is in the Assembly for a vote
soon. This bill, which has been idle in the California Legislature
since January, is now active and is being sent to the Assembly Floor
for a vote.

Summary of Concerns:
SB 840 as amended is an aggressive plan to bring socialized medicine,
as promoted by Hillary Clinton, into California. SB 840 will replace
private health insurance with a mandatory state-controlled health
insurance and service delivery system for every California resident.
SB 840 will: 1) force every California resident above poverty level to
pay a state insurance premium (hidden tax); 2) destroy the current
system of choices of health care coverage; 3) drive up the cost of
health care coverage; 4) reduce the availability of health care,
forcing some families to go out of state to obtain health care; 5)
reduce the quality of available health care; 6) create a new huge
government bureaucracy that will make life and death medical
decisions; and 7) place all final health care decisions in the hands
of a single government board and its commissioner.

Additionally under SB 840, highly objectionable services such as
abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia could be funded. Mandatory
psychiatric exams eventually could become required for everyone as a
result of funding from this bill (and later be used against you).


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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:
CALL your Assembly Member in Sacramento and the Governor as soon as
possible. Ask them to "Please vote No on SB 840 as amended."

You can find the phone numbers and addresses of your state legislators
and the Governor, and other contact information by entering your 9
digit ZIP code in HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at . If
you are unable to locate your legislator using the HSLDA web site,
call your county elections or voter registration or registrar of
voters office.

Notes:
* Call as a concerned citizen. This bill affects all families.
* Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on
the internet.
* Because e-mails are usually ignored, letters and 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:
* SB 840 would create the "California Health Insurance System" to be
administered by an autonomous agency, the "California Health Insurance
Agency," under the direction of the "Health Insurance Commissioner"
who would be appointed by the Governor.

* SB 840 would establish the "California Health Insurance Agency" as
the sole primary provider of health insurance coverage for all
California residents.

* SB 840 would prohibit all current health care service plan contracts
or health insurance policies from being sold in California because
they would duplicate services provided through the "California Health
Insurance Agency." Individual health care service plans or insurance
companies would only be able to sell medical or health services in
California that the "California Health Insurance Agency" does not
provide.

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C. Reasons to Oppose:

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

2. Health insurance and health care plans have operated as private
for-profit or non-profit enterprises in a competitive free market.
These should not be limited or stopped from operating.

3. SB 840 effectively creates a form of taxation in the form of
insurance premiums that are to be paid to the state. The state would
control how that money is redistributed to pay for health care for
anyone who resides in the state.

4. SB 840 will destroy the current level of choices for health care
coverage available to Californians as the "California Health Insurance
Agency" dictates what health care the state will fund and therefore be
available.

5. SB 840 interferes with the right of individuals to fully manage
their own medical decisions. For instance, under SB 840, individuals
can only obtain services approved by the state, and only by providers
approved by the state.

6. Under SB 840, morally objectionable services, such as abortion,
infanticide, euthanasia, or mandatory regular psychiatric exams for
everyone could be paid for. In addition, some services, such as those
that help the disabled, the aged, or infants with congenital
conditions could be rationed or eliminated. England and Canada have
socialized medicine. In England, the agency that provides guidance on
health issues proposed that elderly patients be denied some treatments
because of their age (Sam Lester, Health Correspondent, TIMESONLINE,
May 6, 2005). Under Canada's health care system, some patients have
had to wait so long for prescribed treatment that they either die
first or have to seek private treatment in spite of the fact that they
have already paid the government for these necessary services (Beth
Duff-Brown, AP, March 20, 2005).

7. SB 840 could result in individuals needing to purchase additional
coverage for care beyond what the state's plan would provide. This
would require the individual to pay into the state's plan and
additionally into a private plan. Most people would not be able to
afford to pay out of pocket for additional health care or plans and
would be stuck with only what the state's plan would cover.

8. Under SB 840, premiums for a state plan are very likely to be
significantly higher than premiums for existing private plans, which
are of a higher quality and offer more choices. Everyone above poverty
level will be subsidizing the hundreds of thousands of low- or
non-income individuals who will not be paying for their coverage.

9. SB 840 would allow this new state agency to issue regulations
concerning your medical care without any public input or independent
review by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). Current law requires
the opportunity for public comment and for OAL review of government
generated regulations.

10. Other important issues related to socialized medicine are
presented in an article entitled Socialized Medicine: A Scriptural
Case Against Legalized Theft at www.childandfamilyprotection.org.

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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. We and FPM jointly
continue to monitor this and all other legislation of significance to
private homeschoolers in California.

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