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Tort Law Changes will Hurt Real Patients

While the House passed a sweeping health care overhaul this weekend, opponents of true reform attacked injured patients. They did so despite countless studies that show that tort reform will do little to diminish health care costs in this country. Tort law changes will do practically nothing to lower the costs or cover the uninsured. One patient’s story shows that legislators must consider the injured patients in their discussions. Blake Fought was 19 years old and about to be released from the hospital. Before he left however, the untrained nurse tried to remove his central line IV and did not follow the proper procedures. This caused bubbles to enter Blake’s brain, heart and blood vessels. He became one of the estimated 98,000 patients who die each year from preventable medical errors. Countless more are seriously injured. This is a number far too large for lawmakers to ignore. Tort law changes will not fix America’s broken health care system, but only hurt families fighting to find justice. To read more about tort reform, please click the link.