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Candidate Survey on California's Kids
Responses: Michael Allen
Office: Assembly, District 7
Q1: If you could tell California voters one thing about your commitment to the health and well being of children, what would it be?
As the father of five children, I know how important it is to provide the best for our children -- that's why I will continue to fight for better schools, universal healthcare, clean air, and better parks and open space in California.
Q2: In the past decade, Californian voters have consistently ranked children and child-related issues as a top priority, yet state programs that support children frequently lack adequate resources to fulfill their missions. If elected, what steps would you take to make the health and well being of children a higher priority in California?
We should not be asking our children to shoulder the cost of inefficiency in Sacramento. Rather than pushing off our state deficit onto the next generation, we must give them every opportunity to thrive in a global economy. Rather than mortgaging the future for today, we must today invest in the future.
In the Assembly, I will support:
- Restoring education funding lost to Governor Schwarzenegger's draconian budget cuts.
- Funding our UC and CSU system so our state has the best university system in the country and our students can afford to go to it.
- Increased funding for after school programs, extra-curricular programs and alternative education programs.
- Funding for preventive care and healthcare screening for children.
- Removing junk foods and high corn syrup drinks from school sites.
- Implementing programs that address childhood obesity.
- Funding our public health programs so that education regarding nutrition
and immunizations is readily available
Q3: How would you leverage the newly enacted health care reform legislation to benefit children in California?
The health care reform bill will start us on the path toward providing better coverage for children. It will ensure that they can't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, while ensuring continued access to CHIP in each state. We need to take this to the next level by ensuring that all of California's children are covered by health insurance.
Q4: Statewide, 10 to 15 percent of families have a child with a special health care need -- a chronic physical, developmental, or behavioral condition that requires more than routine health and related services. As the fact sheet below illustrates, California ranks last in the nation on a minimum quality-of-care index for children with special health care needs. If elected, how would you address this situation?
I support SB 810, Senator Leno's Plan to provide universal healthcare for all of California and the Obama Administration's efforts to provide a public option. A public option would unshackle individuals from the mercy of private health insurance companies and give them leverage and an alternative that might better suit their needs. It also would force insurance companies to compete with the government thereby reducing costs within the system overall. I also support the implementation of the Family Opportunity Act to ensure coverage for special needs children regardless of family income. I would also work to ensure that parents are decision making partners as it relates to their child's care and push the state to define and operationalize the concept of a "medical home"