Opponents to California's dialysis ballot win over voters with $111 million raised

By | November 7, 2018

California voters have rejected a ballot measure to cap off dialysis profits.

The measure, known as Proposition 8, is believed to be the statewide ballot that has featured the most spending by one side, with the dialysis industry and other medical coalitions setting aside $ 111 million to defeat it.

The measure called for limiting dialysis firm profits to 15 percent, with the idea being that they would then put more money into improving their facilities.

Opponents of the ballot, which include dialysis giants DaVita HealthCare Partners and Fresenius Medical, warned that people’s lives would be at stake if the measure passed.

People who undergo dialysis go to their facilities several times a week, for up to five hours, after their kidneys stop working properly.

Proposition 8 opponents are far outpaced the $ 18 million spent by the campaign supporting the measure, which is led by the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU.


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