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Cancer Reform Bill of California

From: "Saul Pressman" saul@...
Date: Tue Jun 6, 2000 9:58 pm
Subject: We are winning the fight

The California State Senate, fed up with low quality allopathic health care in the state, on Friday, June 1, 2000, passed the Cancer Reform Bill sponsored by California Citizens For Health, and backed by the California Medical Association (CMA).

The bill eliminates the requirement in California that all cancer treatment be "limited to chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery." Health activists predict the death of the cancer chemotherapy & radiation mega-industries in the U.S. (Sales of chemotherapy cancer drugs reached 8.4 billion dollars in 1999 - yet cancer deaths are at an all time high.)

Governor Gray Davis is removing fourteen of the existing eighteen California Medical Board Appointees, as of June 30, 2000. The terms of the last four run out next year - and they too will be replaced. Governor Davis' appointments, and the passage of this bill, represent a disaster for so-called "Quackbuster" henchmen. The National Council for Reliable Health Information (NCRHI), formerly called the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), and their sister groups, were dealt the most humiliating blows of their existence with these actions in California.

And this, right on the heels of the Minnesota and Arizona reform laws.

The California "Cancer Reform Bill" heads for the California House of Representatives this week. Easy passage is expected. The backing of the bill by the CMA is not a surprise to health freedom activists. Many activists believe that the CMA (the second largest MD organization in the US) has the proper attitude because the CMA is still controlled by practicing MDs, whereas the AMA is controlled by the medical industry - a different thing entirely.

The battle for the future of health care took an unusual turn in California last year when health freedom activists, the CMA, lawmakers, and Medical University leadership joined forces against the "quackbuster controlled" California Medical Board in the "Robert Sinaiko, MD, case". The Medical Board arrogantly yanked Sinaiko's license, and shut down his business. The backlash against the board's arrogant action in the Sinaiko case has only begun. One of Sinaiko's chief witnesses was Dr. Phil Lee, MD (formerly Assistant Secretary of Health in the Clinton Administration). He was attacked by the Medical Board as "not to be credible," as a witness. Dr. Lee went on since then to become one of Governor Gray Davis' top health advisors. And now we get this new bill...

Not sure how long this will take to spread but it looks like the AMA is in for some competition.

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Forwarded by Dr. Saul Pressman



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