por Lynn Shapiro
, Writer | December 02, 2008
As President Bush seeks to push through a flurry of new regulations, many of which will especially adversely affect healthcare services and workplace safety, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee unveiled a new website inviting web browsers to help "send Bush packing," http://www.SendBushPacking.com.
The site offers an interactive game highlighting some of the "midnight rules" -- last minute regulatory changes -- the Bush administration is seeking to cement in place in its waning days.
CNA/NNOC is inviting those who visit the sendbushpacking.com website and play the game to sign an online petition to Bush to "tell him to do no more harm and rescind the rules that undermine our healthcare, public protections, and workplace safety."
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Healthcare, workplace safety, and environmental protections are major targets of the proposed rule changes, "many of which could seriously undermine access to care, workplace safety and workers' rights, and the environmental safeguards Americans depend on," said CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro.
Among the new regulations:
-- A reduction in outpatient services for low-and moderate-income people covered under Medicaid, likely to mean cuts in such basics as dental and vision care, diagnostic screenings for children, and lab and ambulance services.
-- Reduced access for reproductive and family planning care through a new rule permitting workers to refuse to perform abortions, dispense birth control pills, or even provide emergency contraception in rape cases.
-- More stringent rules on employees' use of the Family and Medical Leave Act which allows workers to take unpaid leave to take care of sick family members.
-- Revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations that make it more difficult to limit on-the-job exposure to toxic chemicals.
-- Numerous environmental changes that would permit oil and gas leases on public lands, more air pollution near national parks and forests, increased dumping by mining companies into streams, and erosion of the Endangered Species Act.
SOURCE California Nurses Association