Critics of Bush medical liability reform plan gather in Collinsville, Ill.

Belleville News-Democrat
Wednesday, January 5, 2005

President Bush's proposal to limit jury awards in medical malpractice lawsuits penalizes legitimate victims and rewards insurance companies, local victims of medical malpractice said on Tuesday.
"This proposal will not help doctors by lowering their high insurance premiums," said Amber Hard, of the Center for Justice and Democracy. "This proposal will not help consumers by lowering high health care costs. What it will do is devastate victims of medical malpractice."
The 29 medical malpractice victims -- organized by the New York-based Center for Justice and Democracy -- plan to forward their plea to Bush today when he's scheduled to give a speech in Collinsville about medical liability reform.
"You have called medical malpractice lawsuits 'frivolous' and you blame patients who sue for doctors' skyrocketing insurance rates -- even though the blame rests squarely on the insurance industry, not us," the victims stated in a letter to the president. "Our cases are not frivolous."
Don Fansher, of Freeburg, included his name on the list of victims petitioning Bush.
Fansher suffered pain and rectal bleeding for 10 years before a colonoscopy discovered cancer. The terminal cancer has since spread to his liver and elsewhere in his body. His doctor later admitted wrongdoing by failing to order a colonoscopy, and Fansher still lives with the pain.
"I've been fighting for my life for two years," said Fansher, who filed a lawsuit against the doctor and later settled for an undisclosed sum. "I don't know how much time I have left."
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