For Immediate Release
In Calling for Medical Liability Measure, House Republicans Ignore Real Problem
Statement of Christine Hines, Civil Justice Counsel, Public Citizen
WASHINGTON - In a draft resolution issued Tuesday, the incoming House Republican
leadership directed committees to approve legislation to replace the
health care law, including a mandate to “reform the medical liability
Predictably, the new Republican majority has resorted to its
oft-repeated mantra of calling for a federal law to restrict American
patients’ rights as a way to cut health care spending. In doing so, the
majority ignores evidence that such measures would not bring significant
savings and in fact would carry substantial costs. It also ignores the
real problem-a malpractice epidemic that kills and injures millions of
Americans and costs our health care system billions of dollars each
The House Republican answer is for the government to continue
shelling out billions to cover the costs of unnecessary and preventable
medical errors, while the offenders are let off the hook and citizens
According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, eliminating avoidable medical errors could potentially save
$44 billion over 10 years. We call on the new Republican majority to try
something different for a change. If you really want to cut health care
spending, fix the patient safety crisis.
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