Prop. 8 - An Expensive Fight Over the Dialysis Industry Reaches Voters


Welcome back to Propositioned! Hosted by KFI's Kris Ankarlo, this limited series podcast is back to take a look at the 11 different propositions you'll see at the ballot box this November 6! 

Now in its third season, Propositioned is a chance for both sides on each question to make their case to you, the voter. Then you can take that information with you to the voter booth. 

In today's episode of Propositioned, Kris Ankarlo takes a look at both sides of Proposition 8, a ballot measure that's targeting the dialysis clinic industry for exchanging blood for profits. 

Supporters of the ballot measure say this life-saving treatment is under threat by big corporations who make huge profits, but don't invest enough in things like basic sanitation and patient care. 

Opponents disagree, saying the ballot measure is nothing more than a negotiating tactic. 

Kris Ankarlo talks to both sides of the issue in the latest episode of Propositioned!

Here's what the ballot measure says: 

Requires rebates and penalties if charges exceed limit. Requires annual reporting to the state. Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on payment source. Fiscal Impact: Overall annual effect on state and local governments ranging from net positive impact in the low tens of millions of dollars to net negative impact in the tens of millions of dollars.

Here's what a YES vote means: 

A YES vote on this measure means: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.

Here's what a NO vote means: 

A NO vote on this measure means: Kidney dialysis clinics would not have their revenues limited by a formula and would not be required to pay rebates.

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