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Proposition 46 Update From the President of RCMA

October 23, 2014

Dear Colleague:

As Election Day nears, we are now just 12 days from the polls closing on Tuesday evening, November 4.

On November 5, I want to be able to report to you that Proposition 46 was soundly, decisively, and overwhelmingly defeated.

We continue to gain momentum and move in the right direction. Public polling shows voters reject Proposition 46 when they know what it's really about and who is behind it. If you haven't seen the news recently, editorial boards across the state are urging voters to say No in November. Our own Press Enterprise called out the proponents for their deceitful tactics and trickery.

The endorsements are streaming in from every corner of the state and here in our own communities as well. Everyone from doctors and hospitals to Chambers of Commerce to local governments, civil liberty groups, and community clinics - the coalition opposed to Proposition 46 grows daily.

We cannot afford complacency. We need the proactive help of every doctor in Riverside County, and we need to get out the vote.

As president of Riverside County Medical Association, I am asking every doctor in Riverside County to take the following actions:
  1. Wear your "No on Prop 46" button. We need everyone to publicly demonstrate their opposition. If you need more buttons, you can order them a  - they will be shipped to you ASAP. You can also pick buttons up in person at RCMA, 3993 Jurupa Ave., Riverside
  2. Commit to handing out "lab coat cards," and let your patients and neighbors know what the measure is really about. Cards can also be ordered at or at the RCMA office.
  3. Energize your physician peers to defeat Prop 46. Speak up at your hospital, your clinic, your office. Get the message out: If Prop 46 passes, it means real harm to patients and doctors. Brochures and posters for your waiting rooms are available at and at the RCMA office.
  4. Speak to family and friends - every voter counts!
  5. Put up yard signs - Please call RCMA at (951) 686-3342 if you want some. Yard signs matter - this is how elections are won, i.e., with relentless pressure.
  6. But be very, very careful about public communications. We have trained speakers at the ready and have off-the-shelf printed materials. Contact RCMA if you need something or need something looked at; we cannot afford a media malfunction, this includes internal newsletters, communication to local media, and blast emails and bulletins that could be made public.
  7. Pay your dues or become a member. We are spending a ton of money to defeat Prop 46 - we must have your financial support!
Thank you so much. Keep up the pressure!

Tarek Mahdi, M.D.
President, Riverside County Medical Association

No on 46 - get engaged

By now, many of you are familiar with the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) lawsuit initiative that will appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot. Proposition 46 is being opposed by a coalition of doctors, community health clinics, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, local governments, working men and women, business groups, taxpayer groups, hospitals and educators, all of whom know that the measure will lead to more lawsuits and higher health care costs. What’s more, it will threaten personal privacy and jeopardize people’s access to their trusted doctors or clinics. Practices are encouraged to get engaged now!

What you can do

Sign up formally (as an organization, practice or individual) in opposition to the campaign. Visit the campaign website at to add your name to the growing list of groups and organizations opposing Prop. 46.

Request a CMA staff member to speak to your group, hospital or specialty society. Let your local county medical society or CMA know and we can ensure you’re hearing from the right people about the most recent campaign updates.

Participate in message/media training. The campaign is looking for physicians interested in taking on a more public role speaking to community groups about why this ballot measure should be defeated. Contact Molly Weedn at for more information.

Speak to your colleagues, patients and community. Use the resources at to talk to your colleagues, patients, friends and family. Don’t forget to speak to community members as well – groups such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimist and more provide great venues for presentations.

Order campaign collateral. Download the Order Form to receive office posters, English- and Spanish-language patient brochures, campaign buttons, message cards and more. You can also order directly online by visiting

Spread the message on social media. If you’re active on social media, start by following the California Medical Association and No on Prop 46. Retweet and repost the information that is being put out to help spread the word about how dangerous and costly Prop. 46 will be for everyone. For questions about how to start a Twitter or Facebook account or how to engage with CMA, please contact Brooke Byrd at

CMA: @cmaphysicians
No on 46: @NoOn46

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