Dori: New health insurance law cuts you out of your kids’ decisions

Jan 7, 2020, 5:12 PM
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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Are you incapable, as a parent, of parenting your kids? Are you utterly incapable of loving them, communicating with them, and guiding them through life’s major decisions?

If you’re listening to this show, you’re probably a very capable parent. It’s just a guess, but I know my listeners pretty well. Elsewhere in this state, with this new year, a new health insurance law has kicked into place that I want to make sure you know about. This is an extension of the effort by the radical Left to take away your children.

I mean this quite literally. They have already used the public schools as an indoctrination medium. Kids are taught just one way of thinking, and if they dare stray, they will be shamed, ostracized, and bullied — not just by other students, but by teachers. If you control children’s minds, you control the future of society.

A 2019 Washington State Senate bill, 5889, just kicked into place on Jan. 1. If your children are 13 or older, they can withhold medical information about “sensitive conditions” from you, the parent. As a listener showed us, Regence Blue Shield’s website lays it all out, but it’s all insurance companies that have to abide by the new health insurance law now.

“Sensitive conditions” include STDs, reproductive health, mental health, substance use, gender dysphoria, gender-affirming care, and domestic violence. Parents will not be notified unless the child explicitly gives the insurance company permission to do so.

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I want you to think about just how significant this is. If you have a 13-year-old going through a gender dysphoria issue, there is a cult that is rushing to get kids to do hormonal treatment that will alter their bodies for the rest of their lives.

I believe that if adults want to make that decision, they should be free to do so. But we do not let 13-year-old kids smoke because they don’t have the judgment to make that decision. We do not let 13-year-olds drink alcohol because they don’t have the judgment to make that decision. We do not let them vote or drive cars. But we will let 13-year-olds decide to take prescription pharmaceuticals that will alter their body chemistry for the rest of their lives.

My question is, do you think parents should be involved in that decision? Do you think it is right that the state of Washington has completely cut you out of that, as a parent?

You should be horrified that government has decided to take away parents’ power to communicate with their kids about permanent, life-changing decisions. It is yet another dramatic — not step, but lurch — toward government taking control of our children and cutting parents out. The radicals who have taken over the Washington State Legislature think that they know better than you how to handle your kids’ lives.

The extreme leftist legislators want to make sure they do everything they can for the causes in which they believe. If it’s lives that are destroyed in the process, so be it.

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Dori: New health insurance law cuts you out of your kids’ decisions