Despite Republican efforts to enact tort reform, the recent healthcare bills leave the country’s medical malpractice system in tact. This is because medical malpractice lawsuits are often the only recourse for thousands victimized by medical error. Studies show that approximately 98,000 patients are killed each year by medical errors. Forty-six states have passed some sort of tort reform, and these states do not have lower costs or coverage for the uninsured. This proves that attempts to limit patient rights should not be included in the health care bill. By focusing on reducing medical errors, the healthcare system can help avoid the 98,000 wrongful deaths each year. Please contact your congressman and voice your opposition to medical malpractice reform. To read more of the ongoing debate, click the link.