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Obama's Words on Medical Malpractice Surprise Both Sides

President Obama surprised many listeners when he said in his State of the Union address that he supported a national limit on medical malpractice lawsuits....
February 1, 2011

President Obama surprised many listeners when he said in his State of the Union address that he supported a national limit on medical malpractice lawsuits. Excluding the repeal of his healthcare overhaul, Obama said, "I'm willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs" including "medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits."

The words gave a new impetus to a Republican House bill to set a $250,000 limit on damages for pain and suffering caused by healthcare goods, services or any medical product. White House aides say Obama is opposed to setting caps on damages for victims of medical malpractice. But they said the president had expressed interest in other changes, such as setting up special "health courts" or arbitration systems that could resolve claims in a fair and efficient way. The bill is modeled on laws in California and Texas but take things further by limiting damages for injuries caused by drugs and medical devices. While the bill has a chance of passing in the House, it will face stiff opposition in the Senate.

Click here to read Obama Med Mal Comments Surprise Both Sides (Los Angeles Times 1/29/2011)

February 1, 2011 

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