Californians love a good ballot initiative fight. And this fall, a debate over insurance industry rate increases should go far toward feeding that lust.

Proposition 45 would give the state insurance commissioner far greater authority to review and either approve or deny request for health care coverage rate hikes. It will appear on the November ballot in California.

A poll of California voters showed that 69 percent of them support Prop. 45. According to the L.A. Times, the poll of 1,535 voters also revealed that just 16 percent of these registered voters opposed the measure, with another 15 percent saying they hadn't yet decided.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.