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Endorsement video: Why you should vote no on Prop. 46
Endorsement video: Why you should vote no on Prop. 46

Proposition 46 is the pupu platter of ballot measures, proposing major changes in three laws related to patient safety. One provision would more than quadruple the cap on “pain and suffering” awards in medical malpractice cases, raising it from $250,000 to $1.1 million. A second would make it harder to obtain addictive or abuse-prone medications such as Oxycontin. Before doctors or pharmacists could provide such drugs to a patient for the first time, they would have to check a state database to see what prescriptions the patient had previously filled. And a third provision would require hospitals to test doctors who worked or had admitting privileges there for drug and alcohol...

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