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Capps Pushes For School Health Center Funding


Thursday, July 18, 2013
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Representative Lois Capps is seeking renewed federal funding for school-based health centers in legislation she announced on the Congress floor last week. Obamacare pledged $200 million for such school-based partnerships with community health centers, but that funding expires in 2014. Capps’s bill would authorize $50 million a year for five years. A school nurse in the Santa Barbara district, however, said the Congresswoman is “putting the cart before the horse.” There are five nurses—each with an average caseload of 3,000 students—for 22 schools in the district, and only one school-based center (at Santa Maria High School) in the county. Early identification of health issues, the nurse said, is a much more immediate need than treatment.

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Can these folks please come to a unified decision about how to waste our money before actually wasting our money? That is all I ask.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2013 at 6:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Nanny-state yet again indulges in mission creep. Schools now feed and medically care for all students which were normally the duties and obligations of parenthood.

Yet Capps remains oblivious little academic instruction actually goes on within our hallowed halls of public learning. One assumes the more important education is indoctrinating students the state will take care of their every personal need, except education itself.

If anyone wonders how our nation got so far off track, look no further than this extension of the Nanny-State absolving parents of any obligations to provide and care for their own children who now essentially become wards of the state.

Next shall the state provide overnight accommodations and vacations for all children as well? How about permitting parenthood to at least the same degree as we require for pet licenses.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

When voting for known Nanny-state legislators, one gets ever increasing nanny-state legislation. Night follows day.

Soak the rich is the nanny-state siren call and there is no corner of people's lives they don't want to control, and feel virtuous about doing so ... as long as they only have to spend other people's money to get their strokes.

I am sorry the sanctity of the family has been supplanted by the sacrosanctness of the state as substitute parents. I am sorry parents themselves abdicated their roles as responsible adults but how else can they learn anything different when the state has accomplished such a wholesale invasion into their lives, always presumed by voters to know better.

We see the state fail every day and rank politicians lower than low, yet these are the exact same people who we now let take over our lives when we call them the "state".

Why this disconnect between politicians who can't run a bun sale, and the "government" which we increasingly let take over the most intimate parts of our daily lives?

foofighter (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2013 at 11:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As long as the Left celebrates single-parenthood, sexual promiscuity and no supporting role for the impregnating male, the state will continue to step into the role as in loco parentis. Reap what you sow. No such thing as "free sex" when the state has to pick up the tab later for failed parenting.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2013 at 11:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Good work Rep. Capps!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2013 at 1:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

But Ken, the school official is stating they do not need the money for the stated purpose?

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 19, 2013 at 7:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The nurse stated she thought itv was too soon but the funds will make it easier to implement faster, just my opinion.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 19, 2013 at 11:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

NOT true, foo, you're erroneous as usual writing "As long as the Left celebrates single-parenthood, sexual promiscuity and no supporting role for the impregnating male"

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 20, 2013 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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