In case you missed it, Consumer Watchdog is at it again.  In an op-ed published
in the SF Chronicle recently, as part of their ongoing assault on California’s malpractice tort reform law known as MICRA, this front group for the trial lawyers vilified the hospital over the widely publicized case of a 13-year-old Oakland girl who suffered brain death following complications after surgery. The op-ed follows a fundraising appeal that Consumer Watchdog sent supporters the day after Christmas exploiting the same tragedy, which the SF Chronicle in a recent editorial labeled as “shameless fundraising.”

Exploiting the tragic death of a child is just Consumer Watchdog’s most recent lowball tactic in their ongoing assault on MICRA, following tactics that also include calling the CMA President a drug dealer in a mailing to his neighbors and scaring patients with billboards stating that two in ten physicians are impaired. Despite their tactics to distract and confuse the public, their real goal is to fatten the bank accounts of trial lawyers by quintupling MICRA’s sensible cap on noneconomic damages, and paying for it with scarce health care dollars that are largely devoted to underserved patients.

We cannot allow Consumer Watchdog and the trial lawyers who fund them to prevail - physicians need to personally get involved in the fight to save MICRA. 

Please join the ACCMA and CMA later this month at one of two Physician Town Hall Meetings. The forums are open to all physicians – members and nonmembers – and will feature presentations from CMA’s chief executive officer and others about why MICRA remains good public policy, what our medical associations are doing to protect it, and what physicians can do to help.  There is no cost to attend.  

  • January 22nd at 6:30 PM, ACCMA Offices – 6230 Claremont Ave in Oakland
  • January 28th at 6:30 PM, John Muir Medical Center – 2540 East St, Concord 
Please RSVP to attend by reply email, by calling 510-654-5383, or by registering online.