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Jan 26, 2005 - 05:05 PM

Nurse: Can I Have a Socket Wrench

by Doug Heller and Jamie Court
Arnold's head honcho on consumer issues said today that in order to save money, California should "cross-train" its consumer protection investigators. In fact, Secretary of State and Consumer Services Fred Aguiar specifically testified before a state commission today that the state's automotive repair shop investigators could be cross-trained as medical investigators. So, the people who check what's under your hood also check what's, well, under your hood.

Of course, having auto mechanics doubling as the state's medical watchdogs might not be the best public protection strategy. It turns out that inspecting tailpipe emissions requires an entirely different skill set than following up on colonoscopies.

Under Arnold's plan, Aguiar would be the final word on the policing of all professions and industries, rather than the existing public protection boards made up of citizens and professionals who meet in public, according to open meeting laws. Giving these powers to a bureaucrat who thinks oversight of anesthesiologists and brake guys should be done by the same person, would be hazardous to your health.


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