Proposition 46 has been soundly defeated by the voters of California.  According to the Secretary of State’s current results, 67% of California voters said no to the trial lawyers’ deceitful proposition, and only 33% said yes.  Locally, 63% of Alameda County voters said no and only 36% said yes, and 65% of Contra Costa County voters said no and only 35% said yes.

This victory is a testament to the effectiveness of professional medical associations, which have steadfastly defended this assault on California’s tort reform – Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) – to preserve access to care and the ability of physicians to serve their patients.  The California Medical Association (CMA) was masterful in its response to trial lawyer vitriol, ensuring that our State Legislators and the public understood the ruse the trial lawyers were running and the consequences that their self-serving proposal would have for Californians.  CMA also effectively brought together one of the largest and most diverse coalitions ever amassed against a statewide proposition, from organized labor to the Chamber of Commerce, the ACLU, California NAACP, Planned Parenthood, local governments, taxpayer organizations, and on and on.  CMA engaged editorial boards and political parties on both s ides of the aisle to understand the terrible consequences of Proposition 46 and oppose it. 

Locally, the ACCMA engaged physicians, who were instrumental in conducting an effective grassroots effort to inform patients and the general public of why to vote no on Prop. 46, and ACCMA representatives engaged in numerous public forums to convey that message.  And the doctor-owned professional liability carriers in California, borne out of the ashes of a malpractice crisis in 1975 that sent malpractice awards skyrocketing to the point of forcing physicians to stop practicing medicine, provided instrumental support for the campaign along with numerous health care organizations throughout the state.  This, of course, includes the ACCMA-founded Medical Insurance Exchange of California (MIEC).  And finally, Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP) – the MICRA coalition that represents the CMA, numerous other health care organizations, and our doc tor-owned professional liability carriers – worked diligently in support of the campaign.

The medical profession should pat itself on the back for its role in the success of this campaign to defeat Prop. 46, and for investing in the medical associations so that they could do what they exist to do: promote health care access, quality of care, and be the voice of the medical profession on behalf of the patients they serve.

Congratulations!

Please contact the ACCMA at 510-654-5383 or accma@accma.org with any questions.