Lobbying on Both Sides of Tort Reform Steps Up

New York Law Journal
Monday, March 10, 2003

Faced with a massive lobbying effort by doctors and insurers, consume advocates and medical patients Monday launched a preemptive strike against tort reform. 

With the national momentum for tort reform and increased potential for major change in New York, lobbying forces on each side of the debate are primed for battle. Monday, the victims and consumer advocates made their pitch to the media. Today, the doctors and insurers are slated to make their latest lobbying push. 

Boiled down to its basics, the doctors and their allies contend that malpractice premiums are outrageously high due to excessive jury verdicts and greedy lawyers, and as a result, some specialists are fleeing New York and reducing health care options and opportunities for New Yorkers.


Monday's press conference led by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), the Mental Health Association of New York State and a number of other organizations, featured testimonials from victims and their relatives, a huge wheelchair and a visit from the Center for Justice & Democracy's Medical Rights Bus Tour. The bus is making its way across the country to advocate against a bill before Congress that would nationalize several protections New York already provides for physicians, and add the cap on non-economic damages.
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