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Wednesday, August 23rd 2006

Back On The Agenda?

Bush has called on Congress (once again) to cap medical malpractice awards.

Senate Democrats in May blocked legislation that would cap damages for pain and suffering in medical liability lawsuits, arguing that a drive for corporate profits rather than lawsuits was behind the rise in health care premiums.

Not all the Democrat’s fault. Sen. Frist’s scheduling of the vote wasn’t exactly ideal for the measure’s passage.

Back to the wire piece,

Legislation with a $250,000 cap has passed the House of Representatives repeatedly but has been blocked in the Senate.

Most Democrats and a few Republicans oppose the caps, at least at the federal level, and many states already have imposed lawsuit limits as well as insurance market reforms. Opponents of caps say they will protect insurers profits, not necessarily doctors or patients who have been harmed.