Dad seeks prez's ear on malpractice cap

Boston Herald
Wednesday, February 2, 2005

In a heart-wrenching letter to the president, a Pembroke father driven by his daughter's death begged Bush to meet with him and other victims of malpractice.
“My daughter died because of medical malpractice. What happened to my daughter should never happen to another family,'' said John McCormack, whose 13-month-old daughter died at Children's Hospital in 2000.
McCormack and members of the non-profit consumer group, Center for Justice and Democracy, are heading to Washington, D.C., next week to lobby against Bush's proposal to put a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in malpractice suits.
McCormack's daughter suffered deadly brain damage in 2000 after doctors at Children's delayed surgery to drain fluid from her skull.
McCormack, 42, a state police trooper, is among 50 malpractice victims and relatives planning to descend on the nation's capital.
“Mr. President, from father to father, I respectfully request a few moments of your time to meet some of the families,'' McCormack, a Gulf War veteran, wrote. It was his fourth letter to Bush in as many years. He has never gotten a response.
“It's not up to the government to pass a law to decide what a person's quality of life is worth. That's a job for juries,'' said Laurie Beacham, spokeswoman for the Center for Justice and Democracy.
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