SF Chronicle opposes Prop. 46 as "flawed," "misdirected" and "decidedly cynical"

September 15, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: MICRA Payor Issues and Reimbursement 

The editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle has taken a position of “NO” on Proposition 46, stating “voters should reject this flawed measure.”

In opposing Prop. 46, the Chronicle joins every other major daily newspaper in California to take a position on Proposition 46 to date – Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee and San Jose Mercury News.


Headlined “Poorly crafted state Proposition 46 puts doctors on defense,” the editorial states that proponents “who put together and funded Proposition 46 might have been too clever for their own good” and “this measure overreached in a decidedly cynical way.”


Moreover, “proponents have openly admitted that the provision for random alcohol and drug testing of doctors was added as a political sweetener.”


Also, “voters who might be tempted to support substance-abuse testing on doctors…should look at the details of how Proposition 46 works. It’s incomplete and, in some important ways, misdirected.”


Read the San Francisco Chronicle editorial here. Read the Sacramento Bee editorial here. Read the San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune editorial here.


Because Prop. 46 is really three different initiatives in one – all of which are too complicated, too costly and too flawed – an unprecedented coalition of more than 600 statewide and community groups have joined to oppose it, including (partial list):


  • California Teachers Association
  • California School Boards Association
  • Association of California School Administrators
  • California State Firefighters Association
  • California State Association of Counties
  • League of California Cities
  • Urban Counties Caucus
  • Rural County Representatives of California
  • California Special Districts Association
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California
  • AFSCME California PEOPLE
  • State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California Medical Association
  • California Dental Association
  • California Hospital Association
  • California Pharmacists Association
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter
  • California Association of Physician Groups
  • California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Community Clinics Association of Los Angeles County
  • La Clínica de La Raza
  • California Association of Rural Health Clinics
  • Central Valley Health Network
  • NAACP California
  • California Republican Party
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Yuba County Democratic Party

To learn more, visit www.NoOn46.com.



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