Category Archives: Politics

Nurses Say Today’s Anti-Union, Anti-Worker Supreme Court Decision Threatens Patient Safety

The Supreme Court decision today to roll back decades of union and worker rights in Janus v. AFSCME poses a significant threat to patient safety as well as worker and community health and economic standards, said National Nurses United, the nation’s largest … Continue reading

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The GOP Plan to Protect Doctors from Frivolous Lawsuits

If one wanted to divine how the GOP intends to address medical professional liability in its yet-to-be-determined replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one place to look would be the legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe in January. “When … Continue reading

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Why the Supreme Court Decision on ObamaCare Didn’t Really Matter

The Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act—or as its detractors call it, ObamaCare—was a victory for the President, judicial precedent and the estimated 32 to 50 million Americans who will soon have … Continue reading

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Will Medical Malpractice Reform Be Part of the Debt Ceiling Solution?

I was contacted this morning by the Executive Office of the President and the Library of Congress this morning. Both offices were requesting the Medical Liability Monitor’s Annual Rate Survey data. Being the morning after the President and Speaker of … Continue reading

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Federalism & Tort Reform

side note: If you are a political junkie and follower of medical professional liability tort reform, this is a contradiction that cannot be ignored. Democrats and trial lawyers have long been in cahoots; Republicans have consistently been on the side … Continue reading

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Virginia Governor Vetoes Damage Cap Compromise, General Assembly Overrides Veto

By an overwhelming majority, the Republican-ruled Virginia House of Delegates rejected Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s veto of a bill that would boost the limit on court awards in medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill represented a compromise among Virginia’s doctors, insurers … Continue reading

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National Conference of State Legislators Sends Letter to Congress in opposition of proposed ‘HEALTH Act of 2011’ Tort reforms

Last month, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) wrote a letter to both the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Health expressing “strong, bipartisan opposition to the passage of the latest federal medical malpractice legislation, HR … Continue reading

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Why Medical Malpractice Reform Will Increase the Deficit, Not Reduce It

side note: Here’s an interesting article that I almost missed. It’s written by Joanne Doroshow of the Center for Justice & Democracy, and she uses Congressional Budget Office (CBO) numbers to argue that tort reform — specifically the HEALTH Act … Continue reading

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New York Gov. Cuomo Proposes Malpractice Damage Cap As Means to Shore-up Budget, Loses Fight with Assembly

Declaring New York State “functionally bankrupt” in February, newly-elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $132.9 billion budget that would reduce year-to-year spending for the first time in more than a decade. Key to his proposal was slashing the state’s projected … Continue reading

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Malpractice Immunity & Evidence-Based Medicine

side note: Here is an article that shows the conflict of interest that is inherent in our current system of medical liability, and outlines a reform idea worth closer inspection. While sovereign immunity is doubtful, it is an academic argument … Continue reading

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