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

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

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


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.

via September 22, 2014 – 2014 – California Medical Association.

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