No wonder lawyers are scorned. The number one lawyer in the state, Attorney General Kamala Harris, with the help of her trial lawyer friends have crafted a ballot measure, Proposition 46, which carefully buries the attempt to gut capping medical malpractice awards — the gold standard for keeping the limits of “pain and suffering” awards reasonable and preventing your medical bills from escalating more. Proposition 46 is not on the ballot because someone thinks we need to test doctors for alcohol or drugs; it is about skyrocketing trial lawyer awards and increased malpractice insurance for doctors and hospitals. All these will translate into higher medical costs and higher medical premiums for you and me. Vote “no” on Proposition 46.