How Calif. will help its elderly

Bringing care-givers under the government

caregiversThe following comes from an Aug. 22 story submitted by Camille Giglio.

Concord: Today while standing with the prayer group in front of Concord Planned Parenthood, a young woman obviously looking for the abortion entrance, was told by one of the employees to go around to the back. Her parting words to this young woman were:  “Good Luck.”

As I continued to stand there I noticed a sign on a metal pole in the ground on the Planned Parenthood property.  It was a city ordinance sign which read:  No Smoking.

The incongruity struck me. The city is willing to develop programs and laws to insist that people stop harming themselves by smoking, but they support this center’s killing of babies.

In the two year term just drawing to a close, there have been 150 plus bills submitted in the California Legislature in the category of health-care-end-of-life focusing on the elderly, the disabled and even young adults and youth with potential life shortening illnesses.

Of these bills, about 45 as of today are sitting on the Governor’s desk or been signed.  Sixteen have been signed so far. Many of these bills are attempts at micro-managing this growing industry – warehousing senior citizens.  The social media folks cry out that there is a growing need to care for the aging baby boomers while at the same time diminishing the potential channels for caring for this cohort by placing large financial burdens on the private residential care sector or on even families caring for their aging or disabled members.  I have heard that even individuals taking care of their aging or ill parent may be required to register, conform to regulations, receive vacation time and so on.

Senior citizens are now the latest group to be targeted as consumers of services. But these services must only be provided by properly trained and educated members of the SEIU union who will see that these service workers receive the salary due them. This results in pushing seniors into large, professionally developed for-profit government approved sanitized facilities which, by the way, all will require training in providing the seniors with Do Not Resuscitate or POLST forms along with palliative care only incentives.

See SB 911 by Marty Block (D), Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly – RCFE: Employee Training. (On Senate Floor), along with companion bills, AB 1523, Asm Toni Adkins (D). Liability Insurance (signed by the Governor) and AB 1571, Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D), RCFE: Licensing. Eggman, especially is an aggressive advocate of palliative care and promoter of the POLST form. Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.

Also Wes Chesbro’s bill, AB1570, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, This one requires 40 hours of unspecified training for employees.  The concern here is that the training will be focused on turning elder care employees into palliative care salesmen. This goes along with the item above talking about creating a new POLST form to make it less confusing to the signer. (On Senate Floor)

The Compassion and Caring, i.e., death and dying, folks have announced that they will be coming out with a new POLST form early in 2015. They claim a need to clarify some items in their form and make it easier to sign.

Another Susan Eggman bill, AB 1572, mandates establishment of residential councils in the RCFEs and other facilities.  RCFEs currently have resident councils, but the bureaucrats are not included and the items to be discussed, currently, are easily handled between the residents and the employees.  This bill brings the state into the councils and limits what can be discussed.  This will eventually discourage open and easy discussions and settlement of problems causing the councils to be abandoned, thereby silencing the residents. In Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 1621, Bonnie Lowenthal (D). Emergency Medical Services: Data and Information System. Would mandate that all “pre-emergency patient data” be collected and centralized for the entire state. The wording of this bill is general and vague blurring the real intent – a centralized registry of everyone who has signed end-of-life medical directives or organ donation cards. If a call is received concerning a person who has signed a DNR or POLST, the emergency service people do not need to rush to the call because signing those forms means that the person, if unconscious will not be resuscitated. (Held in Senate Appropriations)

See also AB 2399 by John Perez (D), Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Authorizes an organ procurement agency to swipe a driver’s license to learn of patient’s status as an organ donor.

Even ambulance services are of two minds on this. One side claims it will be a help in planning ways to be of assistance in emergency cases, the other side says that it will be too expensive for many counties.

State Assemblyman Dan Logue (R), had submitted a bill which would have provided protection from job loss for any employee who called 911 if the call involved a patient who had signed one of those forms. It never got out of its house of origin.

Another Eggman bill, AB 2139, Patient Notification, is awaiting a final vote on the Senate floor. This bill will mandate that the doctor or medical personnel serving any patient receiving a diagnosis of a terminal illness, will be required to instruct the patient at the visit informing the patient of the diagnosis on all the types of care (including palliative only) and the forms necessary to apply for that care. (On Senate Floor).

The truly sad thing about all these bills is the misplaced sense of compassion. Care facilities and board and care private homes and family members who take in their elderly or disabled members are to be admired as much as those who take in crack babies, abandoned or disabled babies. etc.

Once the government gets its hands on these good ideas, they become exploited to benefit others; expanded job market, mandated salaries and training, non-profit promotion of private agendas, micro-managing from afar, What’s good for one is good for everybody etc, etc. Then suddenly the very people who needed the help become the impediment to the community’s health, productivity.  People who want to be independent are suddenly obstructionists, non-conformists, burdens.

All these bills can be viewed at  The 2014 segment of the two-year, 2013-14 term will close as of August 31.  After that all the bills that pass the final floor vote go to the Governor for his signature or veto.

If it is a Senate bill-SB, then it is awaiting a final vote in the Assembly (second house), so call your Assembly member. And, if it is an Assembly bill-AB then it will be on the senate floor. After August 31st, call the Governor’s office. Urge a Veto.


More Bills.

AB 2044, Rodriguez, Residential Care Facilities. Employee Staffing. Round-the-clock, 24 hour staffing of administrator, facility manager or designated substitute who is at least 21 years of age. (8/22/2014 to Senate Floor).

SB 1004, Ed. Hernandez (D). Health Care: Palliative Care is a bill mandating the inclusion of Hospice or palliative care reimbursements in MediCare, including MediCal in California to persons under 21 years of age. Supporters are Alliance of Catholic health Care, Ca. Hospice and Palliative care Assn, builds on SB 1745 requiring a pediatric palliative care benefit coverage under Medi-Cal. In Assembly, Third reading.



  1. Linda Maria says:

    In today’s medical world, there is a deplorable and dangerous lack of Christian morality, far too much socialistic bureaucracy, and all aspects of medical care are ridiculously expensive! Catholic medical services are no longer viable; the Church’s hospitals “sold their souls to the devil of the modern world!” So– we now have nothing to offer to the rest of the medical world, as a moral light shining for Christ, since Vatican II!! Politics, and secular law-making, are NOT the correct way to go, for the Church! That is a pitiful, cowardly way, avoiding the REAL issue!! Instead, the CORRECT WAY, is through teaching, preaching, and inculcating Catholic Faith and Morals very strongly, as in pre-Vatican II days, and standing firmly for Christ, no matter what! Then, the rest of the world will be strongly affected, and RESPECT what the Church has to say– and laws will get made again, abiding by Christian morality! But first, we need a “practicing Catholic Church,” teaching and standing firmly by Christian morals! How can a totally barbaric, Godless, selfish “pagan” society, be expected to pass any laws reflecting a “foreign” society, based on Christian morality?? That’s absurd!

  2. I will post a link to this article. Please send me the link to the original. I just moved here from Oregon.

  3. The 2014 California DEMOCRATIC State Platform (goal) supports “death with dignity” which is code for euthanasia / assisted suicide.
    Where are the CA Bishops regarding this DEMOCRATIC abomination ?

    “Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion” (regarding both euthanasia and abortion)

    • Catherine says:

      “Where are the CA Bishops regarding this DEMOCRATIC abomination ?”

      They are too busy allowing many Catholics to experience an even “slower death” without dignity aka “pastoral sensitivity”.

      Pastoral sensitivity = Code for “the modern day excuse to be spineless.”

      • Catherine, the latest “Legislative” alert, I recently received states the California Bishops urged us to call our legislators to support access to a college education for ALL who live in California. Why are our Bishops so enthusiastic about Californian’s receiving a Leftist indoctrination? (By the way, one of the Universities in California where you won’t receive a Leftist indoctrination is St. Thomas Aquinas, and as far as I know, they don’t take government money, so our politicians have no control over this institution.)

    • Anonymous says:
      • Catherine says:

        Paralysis (in one’s moral obligation & apostolic duty) is never a good or successful approach.

        If you never received the STRONGEST protection that was due to you in the womb then you will never have to worry about how California will treat you when you are elderly. After all, the issue is already solved because you were NEVER allowed to be born.

        Shame on our shepherds for reneging on their apostolic responsibility and duty to enforce Canon 915 – Our Lady of Akita used the word COMPROMISE

        No wonder we are experiencing such diabolical disorientation!

        PUBLIC ACTIONS SPEAK SO MUCH LOUDER THAN PRINTED WORDS ON THE USCCB WEBSITE. These are words that the majority of Catholics will never see, hear or read but the majority of the Catholics certainly formed the loophole in their consciences and their voting opinions when our shepherds take public photo ops to praise, dine and joke with baby butchers.

        ABORTION, FAITH, POLITICS – U.S.Tue Oct 29, 2013 – 11:09 pm EST

        Controversy sparked as L.A. archdiocesan magazine hails pro-abortion Gov Jerry Brown

        Jerry Brown , Jose Gomez

        LOS ANGELES, October 29, 2013 ( – The fact that California Governor Jerry Brown is arguably the most pro-abortion legislator in the country did not stop Catholic officials in Los Angeles from praising him in a glowing front page story in the archdiocesan publication.


        • Catherine says:

          continued from August 29, 2014 at 8:18

          Taken from A blog for Dallas area Catholics.

          ‘Bishops failing to enforce Canon 915 mortally sinful’ March 27, 2014

          ‘So much for not being topical?’

          “A Father Vincent Fitzpatrick, of whom I am totally unfamiliar, has penned a piece for the American Life League that castigates all that great swath of bishops in this country who, for more than 40 years, have refused to enforce Canon 915 by denying the Blessed Sacrament to sinful pro-abort politicians. According to Fr. Fitzpatrick, enforcement of Canon 915 is not just a duty, it is not an option, it is so mandatory that failing to do so is gravely sinful.”

  4. FORCING families to submit to the whims of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), is dictatorial government at its worst.
    (SEIU also supports abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage, and uses union dues to support these mortal sins and politicians who support these.
    They actively promoted Obamacare, but got an exemption for themselves.)
    Where are the CA Diocese Bishops regarding this Evil UNION ?

    Catholics make certain that your “life” decisions are well known and in accord with Church teaching. Put it in writing and have it notarized. Give copies to each of your children or other close relatives.
    (Sending oneself to Hell for eternity (assisted suicide) near the end of life is not worth it.)

    Before putting anything in writing, read the (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition) – CCC # 2324, 2276, 2277, 2278, 2279.
    This includes Church teaching on palliative care.

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