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News Story
10/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES -- Voters could make California the first state to require many doctors to submit to random drug and alcohol tests, a safeguard that has long been in place for pilots, police officers and others who must stay clear-eyed on the job. While supporters are promoting that aspect of Proposition 46, it is not the initiative's most...
News Release
10/3/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
DANVILLE, CA – Bob Pack, proponent of Proposition 46 who lost his two children to medical negligence, called on the California Medical Association to pull their latest ad – called an “outright lie” yesterday by the Sacramento Bee – from the airwaves. The ad falsely tries to scare voters that Prop 46 would make patient...
News Story
10/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The campaign formed to oppose Proposition 46 has added to its critique of the measure, arguing in a new TV ad called “ Inside” that it puts Californians’ medical information at risk. The multipronged proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot would more than quadruple the maximum medical malpractice award; mandate drug and alcohol testing for...
News Release
9/29/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SACRAMENTO, CA – Bob Pack, who lost his two young children to a doctor-shopping driver, today called on the California Medical Association to immediately cease airing a television ad from opponents of Proposition 46 that the San Jose Mercury News called “shamelessly deceptive” and of which the LA Times said “practically...
News Story
9/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
What started as a Danville couple's crusade for justice for their dead children has become a war between some of California's most powerful special interests and the year's costliest ballot measure battle. Proposition 46 would raise the state's 39-year-old cap on medical malpractice damage awards, require doctors to take random...
News Story
9/29/2014
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 Story
9/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 46 would raise California's cap on "pain and suffering" damages in medical malpractice cases from $250,000, set in 1975, so that the cap is indexed to inflation; require doctors to submit to random drug testing; and require doctors to consult a state database to prevent "doctor shopping" by prescription drug...
News Story
9/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Even by the political world's low standards of truthiness, a new commercial being aired by the No on Proposition 46 campaign is jaw-droppingly deceptive. The proposition would make three major changes in the laws related to the practice of medicine in California. It would quadruple the cap on "pain and suffering" damages in medical...
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 Story
3/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The biggest drug problem in the United States is not the one we think we have: illegal drugs. It is drugs prescribed by doctors. On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder properly focused attention on the sharp rise in heroin deaths, noting that “addiction to heroin and other opiates, including certain prescription pain-killers, is...