CPMA Members Help Defeat Proposition 46

CPMA Members Help Defeat Proposition 46

By a 2 to 1 margin California voters rejected Proposition 46, a ballot measure that would have dramatically increased health care costs and reduced patients' access to care by raising the payouts in lawsuits against podiatric physicians and other health care providers.

As of Nov. 5, the vote tally for Proposition 46 stood at:

Yes - 32.9%
No - 67.1%

The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) was a member of No on 46, which was made up of over 600 organizations consisting of health care providers, labor, business, local governments, community clinics and many others who worked diligently during the past year and a half to educate voters about the dangers and true intent of Proposition 46. While Prop 46 proponents utilized smokescreen provisions of drug testing doctors and prescription drug monitoring in an attempt to confuse voters, the main goal of the measure was to quadruple the cap on non-economic damages under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).

"The California Podiatric Medical Association is extremely proud to have been a member of such a broad, diverse and effective coalition that opposed Proposition 46," said CPMA President Thomas Elardo, DPM. "We have made a strong and convincing statement about our dedication to our patients and our commitment to protecting accessible health care for the people of California, and we are pleased that voters saw through the smokescreen to see the initiative for what it really was.

The No on 46 campaign utilized a multi-faceted approach that included statewide TV and radio ads, extensive social media and press outreach, and a robust grassroots outreach program.

The campaign provided information and education materials at no cost to all members of the coalition, and CPMA members played a critical role in distributing these to their patients, families and friends, as well as informing colleagues of the measure's potential devastating impact, including increased heath cost, reduced access to care and loss of privacy.

"We saw strong participation from our members through community outreach, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our members for those efforts," said Elardo. "That kind of activism throughout our coalition contributed in a major way to the defeat of Prop 46."

Although the defeat of Proposition 46 was a resounding one, and MICRA remains intact, proponents of the initiatives have already stated that they will be back. CPMA and its coalition partners will continue its vigilance and work to ensure the Legislature and the public understand why MICRA is essential to preserving access to health care in California.