Voters rejected both Proposition 45 and Proposition 46 last week.
Prop. 45 would have further enriched the state’s trial lawyers by opening up the state’s health insurance rate-setting process to legal “intervener” challenges, and Proposition 46 would have increased the incentive for abusive medical malpractice lawsuits.
Voters actually rejected both measures handily, with Prop. 45 losing 60 percent to 40 percent, and Prop. 46 losing 67 percent to 33 percent.
This outcome was a clear signal that voters will not allow trial lawyers to use the initiative process to create more lawsuit abuse in California.
Contrary to some readers thinking I am against all lawsuits and lawyers, I want to make it clear that there have been occasions when I have praised lawyers for their dedicated work and charitable activities.
In the two particular cases cited above, California voters indicated overwhelmingly they are not comfortable with the legal profession when it writes its own laws that further its own financial interests and takes money from the healthcare system.
Dr. Michael Arnold Glueck has written extensively locally and nationally on medical-legal issues.