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Senate defeats “Tort reform”

Deceptively mislabed as the Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2006, Bill S.22 was defeated in the Senate today. If passed, the so called protection act would have been detrimental to patients and their family members who are mistreated in nursing homes and hospitals across the country. The bill would have capped the total amount of non-economic damages recoverable in a medical malpractice lawsuits at $750,000, and capped the non-economic damages for individual health care providers at $250,000.