Bill to cap medical malpractice awards likely to fail, critics say

Monday, July 10, 2017

Legislation that has earned provider praise for proposing limits to medical malpractice awards is unlikely to gather enough support to pass the Senate, say opponents of the bill.…

But while the act has earned praise from healthcare providers, it also has made enemies among Democrats for its ties to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, as well as some Republicans who view it as federal officials overstepping their authority, Bloomberg BNA reported on Friday.…

Consumer groups have also bashed the bill for its perceived protection of poor healthcare providers, and the negative impact it could have on patients and nursing home residents. Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy, told Bloomberg the bill is “unfair and discriminatory” toward healthcare consumers, and is facing significant hurdles to passing the Senate.

“It came to the Senate in a weakened state and I don't see it improving,” Doroshow said. “It passed, in our perspective, with the weakest-possible vote from Republicans.”…

Legislation tracking website and Skopos Labs currently predicts that the legislation has a 32% overall chance of being enacted. It now awaits consideration from the Senate Judiciary committee. 

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