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Legislation Wishlist for 2019

Published April 8, 2019 by Paradise Kendra

Civil Liberties / Freedoms

  • Lower the alcohol drinking and marijuana smoking age to 16;
  • Decriminalize all recreational drugs;
  • Decriminalize suicide;

Corporate Regulations

  • Tax breaks for start up and non-chain companies;
  • Red tape reduction;
  • Stricter penalties against robo and telemarketer callers;
  • Stricter regulations to prevent corporate monopolies;
  • Stronger investigations to stop corporate H-1B scams;

Irresponsible Building Development

  • Stricter penalties for corporate takeovers of smaller towns;
  • Restrictions on housing and building over-development;
  • Zoning restrictions on multiple styles of construction within common areas;
  • Zoning restrictions on the number of condos allowed in a given area;
  • Zoning restrictions on building/housing height;
  • Zoning restrictions on demolition of historic neighborhood buildings in the pursuit of new development;
  • Restriction of yard signs on public properties;
  • Increased community beautification; Green open spaces, neighborhood charm, local wildlife and forestry;

Film and Television

  • Higher censorship of violence and disturbing content in film and television;
  • Higher censorship of adult content in television commercials;
  • Regulate the number and length of network television commercials aired per commercial break;

Medical Rights / Right to Healthcare

  • Ban the Prescription Monitoring Program;
  • Improvement of access to controlled-substance prescriptions;
  • Require all pharmacists to inform clients of out of stock medications without requiring them to make a trip to the pharmacy;
  • If pharmacy only has a portion of the prescription in stock, they must provide client a physical Rx script of the remaining amount of pills so client may take it to another pharmacy to fill;
  • Ban medical and prescription commercials (the USA is one of two countries in the entire world for whom airing medical ads is legal);
  • Ban Stores from Streaming Advertisements for Profit; Advertisers pay companies to run their ads.  Customers are forced to listen/watch these ads so that the company may make a profit from the advertisers; that’s robbery unless the customers receive a portion of the profit.
  • Revoke the medical licenses of physicians who misdiagnose patients for profit;

Workplace and Employee Rights and Freedoms

  • Raise national minimum wage to $22 per hour;
  • Expand the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to include part-time employees;
  • Revise legal part time working hours to 20 hours or less per week;
  • End drug testing requirements in the workplace;
  • Cost of living index raises for employees;
  • Meritocracy over diversity in the workplace;
  • Ensure that employee surveillance is narrowly tailored in time, place, and manner, that employers inform workers of all monitoring, and that even permitted intrusions are not used in a way that creates an atmosphere of pervasive surveillance or intimidation;
  • Restrict workplace requirement of obtaining employee fingerprints to send to the FBI for criminal background check without FULL confirmation of the FBI discarding copies of fingerprint records upon no criminal findings;
  • Federal requirement that companies provide severance to all employees who provide resignation with a two weeks notice, or who are laid off for reasons other than firing-for-cause;

Privacy Laws

Education

Historic Preservation

  • Increased nationwide funding for historical preservation;
  • Salary raises for museum employees

USPS

Standardized Food in Restaurants

  • Create a law that mandates any restaurant that uses a food supplier must disclose on all menus, websites, & storefronts the name of the company who supplied them their food;
  • Tax breaks for local, non-chain restaurants;
  • Tax breaks for restaurants that cook their food from scratch on the restaurant’s premise;
  • Raise corporate taxes for restaurants that use food suppliers;

Bank Transaction Restrictions

  • Remove the Federal Reserve’s limit of six transfers in a single month between personal savings and money market accounts;
  • Allow personal checks to be cashed for up to six months (as opposed to 30-90 days);
  • Remove fees for national wire transfers;
  • Create a flat rate fee of $5 for overseas wire transfers;

Medicare and Medicaid Insurance

  • Simplify the process of signing up for Medicare and Medicaid;
  • Improve customer service and the ability to reach A HUMAN;
  • Remove medical ads and corporate scare tactics;

Elder Care

  • Affordable assisted living facilities
  • Improved conditions for in-home elder care

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Look at all of the issues we have to work on outside of women’s rights, lgbt rights, immigration, racism, and gun control — and then look at how out of proportion our advocacy is.

Published May 3, 2018 by Paradise Kendra

Losing Sympathy

I am losing sympathy for those who abuse drugs. That is, abuse drugs to the point that the rest of the population must give up of their liberties.

I need medication for insomnia, always have, always will, and I have never had any issue with the medications I take. But now, because so many people are abusing the system, I am treated like a criminal at pharmacies by total strangers who try to overrule my doctor’s care without any knowledge of my medical needs. The fact that these pharmacy employees are not healthcare professionals nor are they my healthcare professional …well it just adds to the astounding amount of nerve they have to even comment on what my doctor and I decide.

I used to have more sympathy, but when other people’s addictions started getting in the way of my access to healthcare, my priorities changed. Suddenly it’s my medical rights, my privacy, my prescriptions, and wellbeing that are on the line. Acquiring my prescriptions in a timely fashion now takes up all of my time and energy. And that is unacceptable.

Those of us whose lives are saved everyday by their medications are the ones who get to pay other people’s misuse of the system. So yeah, this does need to stop.

Oy oy oy ~ Unprofessional politicians at the primaries

Published June 17, 2017 by Paradise Kendra

On primary voting day, Hannah Risheq, who was running for delegate in Northern Virginia, approached me at the polls to discuss her policies. She said, “Ask me about any topic you care about.”

So I told her that I was concerned about the efficiency of obtaining my controlled substance prescriptions and the confidentiality of my medical care. She cut me off and said, “Oh! The Opium epidemic! I’m on that and as a social worker, there’s nothing about opium medications that I don’t know.”

Huh.  Well, that wasn’t my question, but alright.

In the tutorial for ‘What Not To Say As A Politician’, “I know everything there is to know,” is a number one no-no.

No one knows everything there is to know unless God is all of a sudden imitating people running for delegate. And if she knew everything, she would’ve been able to actually address my question.

She continued with, “And you’re a woman, so I assume you have chronic pain which is why you’re asking.” I wasn’t going to disclose my private medical history with a complete stranger who’d just pigeon holed me into a stereotype based on her pop medical knowledge, so I didn’t object to this presumption. “Over 50 percent of people with chronic pain are women,” she continues, and by this point she’s making me wince with her lack of polished professionalism. “I plan to enforce a policy of supervised medication taking.”  Oh … my … God.

I gasped in horror and repeated in disbelief, “Supervised medication taking.”  She replied, “I want you to have your medication, I just don’t want you to shoot up.”

First off, this woman underestimates me. I’ll shoot up if I damn well please, thank you very much.

But in all seriousness, I didn’t appreciate her entitled attitude and insinuation that as a politician, she had any right to decide the type of medical care I choose to receive.

I barely got two words in during her five-minute-preach, but pretty soon she realized that I wasn’t going to vote for her and she walked away from me.  No “thank you for your time”, no “goodbye”, no nothing.  It was wildly unprofessional.

And she never did address my actual question.

Hannah did not win the primary vote, and I imagine that other people, regardless of what their questions or concerns were, saw the same unprofessionalism that I did.

Having at least the pretense of politeness is generally a good idea when speaking to your constituents. And as a politician, your opinion doesn’t matter. Your job is to represent MY opinion – not to bulldoze me while on your soapbox.

~o~

Politicians like this have a long way to go before they truly understand how to interact with their people and how to represent them.

~o~

Viva Privacy Rights & the Right to Our Medications,
Paradise


So all these companies making money off your personal information, do you receive a check?

Published December 26, 2015 by Paradise Kendra

The state of California is the furthest along in establishing privacy laws for its people. This includes medical privacy, internet privacy, as well as laws that restrict businesses, medical facilities, the internet from using your personal information to make money for themselves. After all, do you receive a check from the profits they make off […]

https://virginianow.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/privacy-rights/

Living in a World Where We Have No Medical Rights

Published December 18, 2015 by Paradise Kendra

Medical Rights You Don’t Have

 

  • All pharmacies under federal law may deny you your prescriptions if they believe it is possible to overdose on them – even if you’ve been taking them for 20 years.
    • You have no legal right to request that your pharmacy hand over their copies of your medical history for any reason. Even if you win a malpractice suit against them, they are protected under the law to have you on file…forever.
  • You have no rights to access your own medical records.  It is legal for your doctor to charge you a fee for a copy of your medical records as well as implement a waiting period.  ($400 for a 20-minute doctor appointment simply doesn’t cover you receiving a copy of the results.) Fortunately, you are not charged an additional fee every time your doctor views them.
  • You do not have the right to access a provider’s psychotherapy notes.  Psychotherapy notes are notes taken by a mental health professional during a conversation with the patient and kept separate from the patient’s medical and billing records.  The Privacy Rule also does not permit the provider to make most disclosures of psychotherapy notes about you without your authorization.
  • If you are misdiagnosed or wrongfully billed for treatment, you can request that the health care provider or health plan amend the record. Theoretically, the health care provider or health plan must respond to your request.  However if the provider or plan does not agree to your request, you may submit a statement of disagreement.
  • What are your rights regarding the sale of your medical information? Personal health information is a valuable commodity. Many businesses are interested in collecting it to profile consumers for targeted marketing, and because of its worth, covered entities may also be motivated to sell personal health information.

    Under current law, your medical information can be sold under these circumstances:

    • permitted public health activities;
    • certain kinds of research, but the price of the information must reflect the actual costs of preparing and transmitting the data (in other words, it cannot be sold for profit);
    • your treatment as a patient—a potentially vast exception that needs further regulation, for example, what constitutes “treatment” and is there any limit to the products or services that are necessary for treatment;
    • when a covered entity that has your medical information is sold, transferred, merged, or consolidated with another covered entity;
    • when a covered entity pays a business associate for activities that the business associate conducts on its behalf—for example the business associate is a billing service that bills you on behalf of a health care provider; and
    • what a covered entity charges for providing you with a copy of your medical information.

So, in a nutshell, you can be denied your valid prescription refills and you have no privacy regarding your medical records.  You also have no automatic right to view your own records. Your medical records can, however be sold to help boost profits.

On the other hand, if your pharmacy or doctor abuses your healthcare, there are no laws enforcing them to right this wrong.  (But rest assured, you do maintain the right to file a request.)

…and remind me again why politicians and the public aren’t all over this?