Californians Say NO to Increased Health Costs, Reduced Access to Care and Loss of Privacy

Californians Say NO to Increased Health Costs, Reduced Access to Care and Loss of Privacy

 

California voters have overwhelmingly defeated Proposition 46 that threatened to negatively impact podiatric physicians and other health care providers, as well as their patients. Here are the results of the initiative, which called for raising the non-economic damages cap on the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA):

Yes - 33%
No - 67%

The measure was opposed by a broad, diverse collation, which brought together labor, business, local government, health care providers, community clinics, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, NAACP, taxpayers, teachers, firefighters, and others.

“The stakes riding on Prop 46 were huge – increased health care costs, reduced access to care, and the loss of both patient and doctor privacy rights,” said California Podiatric Medical Association President Thomas J. Elardo, DPM.

“However, CPMA and its members didn’t shirk from the challenge, but instead rose and stepped up to the plate. I would like to thank our members who rallied their patients, families, friends and colleagues in helping to achieve this tremendous victory. Now we must continue to stay the course for our patients and our great profession,” Dr. Elardo concluded.