There's an axiom in politics: "Whatever you subsidize will magically grow, and justify the existence thereof". Even if there was no need for the subsidy to begin with, there will soon be a new lobby group to represent those who are making a career out of the legislation that the state carves out for them. The autism advocacy lobby is pushing for several government interventions, unfunded mandates, and insurance requirements. The Music Therapy trade groups are pushing for insurance companies to pay for music therapy treatment, administered by a professional Music Therapist.How did Oklahoma ever manage to survive without the state licensing professionals to administer music as therapy?
- Have you ever turned to music as a means to impact your own mental or emotional health?
- Has your parent ever sang to you when you were troubled or needed to calm down and rest?
- Have you ever cranked up some rock'n tunes to get 'pumped up'?
- Have you gotten 'in the mood for lov'n with something romantic on the stereo?
Here's what one Music Therapy trade group is telling their membership...
Did you have a license to do that? How do you know you did it correctly? Do you have any confidence left that you can face life without the professional skills of the "Music Therapist" in your life?
Parents used to teach their kids how to read & write without a professional teacher doing it for them. Ben Franklin became a world-famous scientist with a simple home education and a love for learning. But every state eventually started licensing teachers and soon we were all told that only a professional can do it correctly. And now, education is the single biggest expense in our state budget. What's worse is, most every other state spends even more than Oklahoma! When funding sources are made available, there are magically a whole bunch of new practitioners ready to take that money, thank you! Just look at all the new "universities" popping up at storefront locations around the landscape. Why? Because there are billions of dollars in federal grants, loan guarantees, and other funding sources.
With the new ObamaCare mandates, there are vast sums of money going to mental health providers. While it's absolutely valid and practical to provide coverage for serious mental illness, especially that which could endanger the general public. Prevention is vastly cheaper than punishment for psychotic rampages. But did we really intend to have mandated universal healthcare pay for comforting teen girls whose boyfriend broke up with them? And does a Music therapist really need to be licensed by the state to provide this 'service'? And should everyone else's taxes and insurance premiums rise so that everyone can get their musical therapy paid for by someone else?
Who voted for this new Music Therapy government agency & oversight board?
38 Senate Supporters
Anderson Fields Matthews Smalley Barrington Floyd Mazzei Sparks Bass Ford Newberry Standridge Bice Fry Paddack Stanislawski Bingman Griffin Pittman Thompson Boggs Jech Quinn Treat Brooks Jolley Schulz Wyrick Crain Justice Sharp Yen David Loveless Shaw Dossett Marlatt Shortey
54 House Supporters
Banz Enns Loring Rogers Biggs Faught Martin Rousselot Billy Fourkiller McDaniel, J. Russ Caldwell Goodwin Munson Sanders Cannaday Griffith Murdock Scott Casey Hardin Nelson Sears Cockroft Henke Nollan Tadlock Condit Johnson Ortega Thomsen Coody, A. Jordan Osborn Virgin Coody, J. Joyner Ownbey Watson Cooksey Kannady Perryman Williams Cox Kern Peterson Wright Denney Kouplen Pfeiffer Dunnington Lepak Pruett