Why I voted “no” on Proposition 46, and “yes” on Proposition 45:
Long hours, lack of sleep, lack of vacations/sick leave/family leave and heartless corporate culture are what really impair all working people (including doctors). Drug abuse is a much lesser problem. Hospitals that care about their staff and patients can start drug testing themselves anytime without Proposition 46.
Malpractice lawsuits so far have only done a tiny bit, and always too late. It is the insurance companies that are the biggest, most dangerous, most deadly threat to health and wellness. Health insurance companies have been allowed to discriminate against and harm vast numbers of people for years while the U.S. government (for and by the people) did not stop them.
The time is overdue for health insurance companies to be brought down to earth where their patients live. And mandatory drug testing is more needed on Wall Street, where infamous drug abuse by the “Masters of the Universe” goes unchecked.
I am certainly a fan of Canadian-style medicine in which the burden of health care costs do not incapacitate, harm or discriminate against the poor or the rich, the worker or the wealthy. Health care costs should be controlled and evenly distributed.