Propositions 45, 46 fail

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SAN DIEGO — California voters Tuesday rejected Proposition 45, which would have given the state insurance commissioner the power to regulate health insurance rates, and Proposition 46. which would have increased the maximum awards in medical malpractice suits.

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Proposition 45 would have given the state insurance commissioner the power to reject a rate increase by a health insurer under certain circumstances.

Proposition 46 would have raised the four-decade-old limit on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering from $250,000 to $1.1 million. It also would have required hospitals to test physicians for alcohol and drug use.

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