Current California law requires parents to simply sign a "personal belief exemption" at their child's school if they want to enroll their children without vaccinating. The new law would require "a written statement signed by a health care practitioner who also states that he has provided information about the benefits and risks of vaccination and the health risks of specified communicable diseases. Many people think the is bill is a significant threat to parents' rights. Many doctors will refuse to sign the form, because they think vaccines should be mandatory and parents should not have the right to decline. Some doctors refuse to care for unvaccinated kids. Other doctors will decline to sign because insurance companies offer incentives for high vaccination rates of their patients.
If the doctor refuses to sign, parents will be forced to find another doctor, or submit to vaccines, or get kicked out of public school. This will add significantly to the cost of health care visits for families every year. The plan sounds like another version of the leftwing notion that "it takes a village to raise a child."
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