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Poll: Weak support for Prop. 46 targeting medical malpractice
Poll: Weak support for Prop. 46 targeting medical malpractice

Voter support appears to be soft for a November ballot measure that is the subject of a heated and potentially costly battle between the lawyers who back it and the doctors and insurers who oppose it, according to new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The measure, Proposition 46, would increase California's limits on pain and suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, and it would require drug testing of physicians. Its fate could hang on the strength of the rival campaigns, the survey suggests. The lawyers tout the proposal as a patient safety initiative that would rein in negligent and impaired doctors. Physician groups and insurance companies cast the plan as a money...

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