Poll: Support for Insurance Rate Regulation Outweighs Opposition
The online poll was conducted between Oct. 3 and Oct. 17.
Prop. 45 Findings
According to the survey, 41.6% of likely voters support Proposition 45 -- which would give the state insurance commissioner the authority to reject health insurance rate increases.
About 29.9% of respondents said they oppose the measure, and 28.5% were undecided.
However, the Times notes that the results of the Hoover Institution poll are "dramatically different" from the numbers presented in a recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (Lifsher, Los Angeles Times, 10/28). The PPIC poll -- conducted between Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 -- found that support for Prop. 45 had fallen nine percentage points to 39% (California Healthline, 10/23).
Prop. 46 Findings
Meanwhile, the Hoover Institution poll found that 37% of likely voters oppose Proposition 46. The ballot measure was supported by 34% of respondents, and 30% were undecided (Hoover Institution poll, October 2014).
Prop. 46 aims to improve patient safety by:
- Increasing the state's $250,000 limit on pain-and-suffering awards in malpractice lawsuits;
- Requiring doctors to undergo random drug-testing; and
- Requiring doctors to use a drug-reporting system (California Healthline, 10/2).
According to the poll, support and opposition for the measure were split along party lines (Hoover Institute poll, October 2014).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.