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Initiative Would Raise Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages
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California’s $250,000 cap on “noneconomic” medical malpractice damages hasn’t gone up since a governor named Jerry Brown signed it into law in 1975. Backers of an initiative that would more than quadruple that cap are now gathering voter signatures. They hope to place it on the November 2014 ballot.

But that’s not all the measure would address. In a web ad from the group Consumer Watchdog shows, actors sing that a doctor shown in the ad “doesn’t have to pee in a cup.” It’s meant to point out that doctors don’t have to go through any drug or alcohol testing.

The initiative would change that.