HR 1215 Harms the Most Vulnerable Americans

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Carolyn Bobb

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2017 – In response to today’s House vote in favor of HR 1215, which would establish a federal cap on non-economic damages suffered by survivors of medical malpractice and other harm caused by health care providers and products, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“While Senate Republicans are busy trying to destroy our health care system, their counterparts in the House are hard at work trying to undermine patients’ access to justice if they are harmed by a health care provider. The mean-spirited bill rammed through today would establish a nationwide cap of $250,000 on so-called non-economic damages suffered by patients. That cap would apply even in cases of deliberate harm to patients, including such nightmare scenarios as an assault in a nursing home. This bill is nothing more than a giveaway to the pharmaceutical and health care industry, at the expense of the most vulnerable Americans.”