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News Story
9/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Two powerful professional groups — doctors and lawyers — are squaring off and spending more than $65 million on Proposition 46, one of six statewide measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. Even the measure’s official title — “Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute” — is...
News Release
9/21/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today the campaign supporting Proposition 46, California’s patient safety ballot measure on the November 2014 ballot, criticized an opposition spokesperson for suggesting that it’s more important that a physician enjoy alcohol than getting to the bottom of an adverse event. Dr. Sion Roy, a spokesperson for the...
News Story
9/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A new television advertisement that will be seen in the Los Angeles area in the coming weeks urges support for Proposition 46, which calls for random drug and alcohol testing for physicians and would raise the malpractice lawsuit cap from $250,000 to $1.1 million. The ad is from Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based...
News Story
9/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Tort reform," which is usually billed as the answer to "frivolous malpractice lawsuits," has been a central plank in the Republican program for healthcare reform for decades.  The notion has lived on despite copious evidence that that the so-called defensive medicine practiced by doctors merely to stave off lawsuits accounts...
Video
9/19/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A No on 46 spokesperson suggests that it’s more important that a physician enjoy alcohol after dinner instead of finding out the cause of an adverse event, such as disability or death of a patient. Prop 46 would require drug and alcohol testing of a doctor within 12 hours of an adverse event.   Learn more about Proposition 46 and...
News Story
9/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A years-long battle between doctors and trial lawyers is coming down to Proposition 46 on the November ballot, leaving voters to sift through a mass of conflicting claims in an effort to pick the winner in what will be the most expensive race of the fall. That's not the way the two sides describe it, though. For supporters of the measure...
News Release
9/16/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering substance abuser who is at the White House today for National Recovery Month, stars in a new television ad supporting Proposition 46 that consumer advocates released today. Consumer advocates were also joined by a Los Angeles woman who spoke out after losing her fiancée because of a...
News Story
9/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative to increase medical malpractice awards blasted a Los Angeles County supervisor Monday for scheduling a board vote to oppose the measure after a group he founded accepted a $75,000 donation from opponents. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called for the vote Tuesday, three months after the...
News Story
9/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The Coachella Valley is becoming a political battleground for a controversial health care ballot initiative that would raise the cap on medical malpractice damages and require drug and alcohol testing of doctors. Supporters of Proposition 46 include U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a prominent Rancho Mirage Democrat. They say the measure would improve...
News Release
9/10/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Danville, CA --- Today Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46, called on California television and radio stations to recall No on 46 ads because they mislead voters by claiming “patients” instead of insurance companies are behind the campaign.  Pack filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission that No on...