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8/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Lloyd Monserratt was a UCLA grad, a rising star in California politics, a Latino Vote Director for the DCCC, a Director at NALEO, a Chief of Staff to a LA City Councilmember and LAUSD School Board Member, and a consultant to elected officials.  He and his fiancée were planning their wedding. But his promising life ended at age 36...
News Story
8/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
When consumer advocates were preparing a fall ballot initiative to raise the sum victims can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits, they considered tacking on an inducement that would resonate with voters across California. After running eight to 10 ideas past focus groups and through opinion polls, they found strong support for a proposal to...
News Release
8/19/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
SANTA MONICA, CA – Medical malpractice and health insurance companies have given $45 million, or 77%, of the $58 million to the campaign against Proposition 46 as they rake in profits at the expense of doctor and patient policyholders, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The No on 46 campaign released its first ads this week, claiming...
News Story
8/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this report. In a California Healthline report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the arguments surrounding Proposition 46, a November ballot measure designed to improve patient safety by targeting physicians -- raising the pain-and-suffering limit on malpractice lawsuits, requiring drug-testing of...
News Story
8/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 46 is likely to be one of the most expensive election fights this year A ballot-measure battle over medical-malpractice awards and drug testing of doctors arrived on the airwaves Tuesday, with opponents of the initiative rolling out statewide television and radio ads. The ad buys mark the first major salvo in the contest over...
News Release
8/11/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Proposition 46 can save California taxpayers up to $406 million annually by requiring doctors to check California’s statewide prescription drug database before prescribing narcotics to first time patients, according to a report released by Consumer Watchdog today. Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering prescription drug...
News Release
8/7/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering drug addict who at one point was taking oxycodone and 100 Vicodin pills a day while working with patients, joined with Proposition 46 proponent Bob Pack and openly spoke about how easy it is for doctors to abuse drugs and get away with it. Consumer Watchdog revealed that, according to a...
News Release
8/4/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – The author of California's patient safety ballot measure Proposition 46 and a consumer advocate supporting the campaign called upon the California Medical Association and its president, Dr. Richard Thorp, to seriously discuss the somber reality of doctors with problems with substance addiction and abuse. Bob Pack, the...
News Story
8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — At a time when random drug testing is part of the job for pilots, train operators, police officers and firefighters — to name a few — one high-profile line of work has managed to remain exempt: doctors. That may be about to change. California would become the first state to require doctors to submit to random drug...
News Release
7/30/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, Calif. – The medical malpractice insurance industry and hospitals are the biggest force bankrolling the campaign against a patient safety initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot, pumping in more than two-thirds of the $41 million war chest amassed by Proposition 46 foes, according to campaign finance disclosure documents. After profiting...