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In Case You Missed It: Bakersfield Californian Opposes Prop 23

“What is it about NO that these folks don’t get?”

Sacramento – The Bakersfield Californian urged voters to reject Prop 23 saying it was a replay of failed Prop 8 from two years ago, and “Rather than accepting that vote, union activists are taking another bite on the apple with Proposition 23.” 

The Bakersfield Californian joins the 11 daily newspapers in the Southern California News Group opposed to Prop 23: Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Riverside Press-Enterprise, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, and Redlands Daily Facts.

From the editorial Endorsements: Vote NO on Props 14 and 23

  • “Proposition 23 basically is a replay of a 2018 ballot battle, with voters decisively siding with dialysis centers. Rather than accepting that vote, union activists are taking another bite on the apple with Proposition 23.
  • “What is it about NO that these folks don’t get?”
  • “The clinics already have physicians on staff, nephrologists make daily rounds”
  • “The regulation of patient care at dialysis clinics should be a matter of legislation of industry regulation, not a union negotiating ploy decided by voters. Vote NO on Proposition 23.”


Nearly 100 groups oppose Prop 23, including the California Medical Association, American Nurses Association\California, and many others because it would jeopardize the lives of dialysis patients by forcing hundreds of dialysis clinics to cut back services or shut down completely – making it more difficult for dialysis patients to access their life-saving treatments. 

Furthermore, this dangerous and costly dialysis measure would make the state’s current doctor shortage and emergency room overcrowding even worse, while unnecessarily increasing health care costs for taxpayers and consumers by hundreds of millions of dollars every year. All of this, in the midst of a global pandemic, threatens to put a strain on necessary health care resources across California.

There are approximately 80,000 dialysis patients in California with failed kidneys who need machines to clean their blood and remove toxins from their bodies. Patients must receive dialysis treatment three times a week for four hours at a time to stay alive. Access to consistent dialysis treatments is so important that just one missed treatment increases patients’ risk of death by 30%. 

Prop 23 is sponsored by the United Healthcare Workers West (UHW) union – the same organization that abused California’s initiative process two years ago by bankrolling Proposition 8 on the 2018 ballot. Prop 8 would have also caused dialysis clinics throughout California to cut back services or shut down, dangerously threatening dialysis patients’ lives. That’s why every daily newspaper in California opposed Prop 8 and voters overwhelmingly rejected it by 20 points. Now, this special interest group is at it again with a different attempt, but the same outcome, that would put dialysis patients lives at risk.

While unions have the right to try to unionize workers, it’s not right to abuse the initiative system and use vulnerable patients as political pawns – especially now in the face of a public health crisis.

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