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The Nooner for August 20th

d Poll shows strong support for Proposition 45, the measure which would give the state insurance commissioner new powers to regulate health-plan rates.

Supporters say it will protect consumers from overzealous HMOs. Opponents say, among other things, that the measure could undermine the foundation of the Affordable Care Act in California.

Christopher Cadelego reports: “Nearly 70 percent of registered voters back Proposition 45, while 16 percent say they would oppose it and 15 percent remain undecided ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Support came from 75 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independents and 58 percent of Republicans.

Meanwhile, a separate initiative mandating random drug testing of doctors and quadrupling the state’s $250,000 limit on medical malpractice awards was out ahead by a smaller majority. Proposition 46, which also would compel doctors to consult a state drug history database before issuing certain prescriptions, is supported by 58 percent, opposed by 30 percent and has 12 percent undecided.

Speaking of Obamacare, the Contra Costa Times reports on a new poll that shows support for the health-care law growing

From our Can’t Believe This Wasn’t Already Illegal Files, state lawmakers passed a measure yesterday that would make it illegal to sterilize inmates in state prisons.

Sharon Bernstein reports: The measure passed the Senate floor with a unanimous vote of . . .

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