GOP Plan Targets ‘Frivolous’ Malpractice Suits As Way To Reduce Health Spending
Democrats, however, say limiting patients' ability to litigate removes rights from those harmed by horrific medical mistakes.
The New York Times:
G.O.P. Bill Would Make Medical Malpractice Suits Harder To Win
Low-income people and older Americans would find it more difficult to win lawsuits for injuries caused by medical malpractice or defective drugs or medical devices under a bill drafted by House Republicans as part of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. (Pear, 4/15)
In other news —
Health Overhaul Includes Crackdown On Lottery Winners
Republican efforts in Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act include a Michigan-inspired policy that would let states across the nation remove from Medicaid rolls individuals who win big in the lottery. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, has sponsored a bill — included in the House Republican health care overhaul plan — that he says, over a decade, could save the government hundreds of millions of dollars in payments for Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans. But one budget expert says the change could end up being a hassle for states. (Burke, 4/17)