The ballot summary sounds pretty reasonable:
- Requires at least one licensed physician on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics; authorizes California Department of Public Health to exempt clinics from this requirement if there is a shortage of qualified licensed physicians and the clinic has at least one nurse practitioner or physician assistant on site.
- Requires clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to state and federal governments.
- Prohibits clinics from closing or reducing services without state approval.
- Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment for care
I can see in the ballot summary that the proposition is supported by the California Democratic Party, but I haven’t personally heard a single endorsement or seen a single ad supporting it.
Almost all the “No on 23” ads feature dialysis patients saying that Prop 23 will force the closure of dialysis clinics and that without dialysis, they will die.
I’ve never felt so powerful. The state of California is giving me the opportunity to cast a vote in favor of killing kidney patients.