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Stop the Health Care Lawsuit Measure

A broad coalition opposes this ballot measure, which would make it easier and more profitable for lawyers to sue doctors, clinics and hospitals. Unless defeated, the measure will be costly for consumers and taxpayers, and would reduce access to care for patients.

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CALIFORNIA LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OPPOSE PROP 46, CALL IT A “POTENTIAL BUDGET BUSTER”

Association representing over 1,100 Special Districts announce opposition; LAO reaffirms “state and local government costs” of 46 up to “several hundred million dollars annually”

SACRAMENTO –Today, the growing campaign to defeat November’s most fiscally reckless measure – Proposition 46, which would sharply increase health care costs for consumers, taxpayers and local governments in California – announced that the measure is now opposed by one of California’s most respected local government organizations, the California Special Districts Association (CSDA).

CDSA represents more than 1,100 special districts throughout the state including fire districts, park districts, library districts, hospital districts and other local governments that provide essential local services.

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WORKING FAMILIES, 30 LABOR UNIONS UNITE TO OPPOSE THE HIGH COST OF PROPOSITION 46

Champions for Working Californians Join Health Providers, Education Advocates, Business Organizations, Civil Rights Groups & Community Clinics as “No on 46”

SACRAMENTO –Today, the broad-based coalition opposed to the flawed and deceptive MICRA (“Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act”) initiative known as Proposition 46 announced the addition of several state and local labor unions to the “No on 46” campaign. Already, 30 different state and local organized labor unions across California – representing more than 1.5 million current and retired workers — have united in strong opposition to the measure.

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CA BUILDING TRADES & CA NAACP LATEST GROUPS TO OPPOSE MICRA MEASURE AND JOIN NEWLY-NUMBERED “NO ON 46” CAMPAIGN

Champions for Working Families & Civil Rights Join Health Providers, Education Groups, Labor Unions, Business Orgs & Community Clinics in Rejecting “Terribly Flawed” Ballot Measure

SACRAMENTO –Today, the diverse and rapidly-expanding coalition opposed to the flawed and deceptive MICRA (“Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act”) initiative (now numbered by the Secretary of State for the November ballot as “Proposition 46”) announced the addition of two important organizations – the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) and the California NAACP.

“This initiative will cost state and local governments hundreds of millions dollars and raise health costs for everyone,” said Robbie Hunter, President of the SBCTC. “That hurts job creation and will negatively impact California’s future.”

According to California’s independent Legislative Analyst, the proposed measure could increase state and local government health costs by “hundreds of millions of dollars annually.”

“This measure is terribly flawed and will reduce access to quality health care for underserved communities,” said Alice Huffman, President of the California NAACP. “At a time when we’re working hard to cover as many Californians as possible under the ACA, Proposition 46 takes us in the wrong direction. Proposition 46 will disproportionately hurt minority communities. It’s bad medicine for California.”

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CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION JOINS CAMPAIGN TO DEFEAT NOVEMBER’S MICRA LAWSUIT BALLOT MEASURE

CTA Joins Physicians, Health Providers, Community Clinics, Civil Liberties Advocates, School Boards, Labor Unions and Business Groups in Opposition to a “Costly and Harmful Initiative”

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Teachers Association (CTA), the nation’s largest statewide teacher organization and one of the state’s leading voices for public education, announced its opposition to the MICRA (“Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act”) lawsuit initiative, which recently qualified for the November ballot.

This addition to the historically-broad and bipartisan coalition of California organizations lining up to oppose the measure follows closely on the heels of the California School Board Association, which voted last month to oppose due to serious concerns about impacts on public school budgets.

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COMING THIS NOVEMBER TO A BALLOT NEAR YOU: ANOTHER FLAWED GOVERNMENT-RUN DATABASE MANDATE WITH NEW THREATS TO PERSONAL PRIVACY

Experts Agree MICRA Measure Mandate “Won’t Work” While Opening Floodgates to Personal Prescription Drug Records of Millions of Californians with No Additional Security Safeguards

SACRAMENTO – A coalition of business, medical, labor and civil liberties organizations have come together to fight a misguided, deceptive initiative that would increase health costs, reduce health access, and rely on a government-run computer system that isn’t close to fully functional – all while putting the prescription drug histories of millions of California patients at privacy risk with no additional security protections.

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SEIU CALIFORNIA REPRESENTING 700,000 WORKING PEOPLE JOINS GROWING COALITION OPPOSED TO MICRA LAWSUIT INITIATIVE

Measure Would “Damage CA’s Health Care Safety Net;” SEIU Joins AFSCME, Doctors, Health Providers, Business Groups, Community Clinics & Planned Parenthood in Opposition

SACRAMENTO –Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, representing 700,000 workers in all 58 California counties, announced their strong opposition to the MICRA (“Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act”) lawsuit initiative, for which trial attorneys and their allies filed signatures with county registrars last month.

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AFSCME CALIFORNIA PEOPLE AND UNION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS & DENTISTS ANNOUNCE LABOR OPPOSITION TO MICRA LAWSUIT INITIATIVE

Measure Could Cost Taxpayers “Hundreds of Millions;” Labor Joins Doctors, Health Providers, Business Groups, Local Governments, Community Clinics & Planned Parenthood in Opposition

SACRAMENTO –Today, AFSCME California PEOPLE, the statewide political and legislative arm of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, representing 179,000 members across California, and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD), AFSCME Local 206, the largest union representing working doctors in the nation, both announced their strong opposition to the MICRA (“Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act”) lawsuit initiative, for which trial attorneys and their allies filed signatures with county registrars last Monday.

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