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80 Organizations Send Letter to Congress to Oppose H.R. 1215

The Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School shared a strongly worded letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaking out against H.R. 1215. The letter, written on behalf of 80 major public interest organizations, highlights the damages that could result from passing H.R. 1215, the so-called Protecting Access to Care Act. Among the most notable passages is this:

“Even if H.R. 1215 applied only to doctors and hospitals, recent studies clearly establish that its provisions would lead to more deaths and injuries, and increased health care costs due to a “broad relaxation of care.” Add to this nursing home and pharmaceutical industry liability limitations, significantly weakening incentives for these industries to act safely, and untold numbers of additional death, injuries and costs are inevitable, and unacceptable.

The latest statistics show that medical errors, most of which are preventable, are the third leading cause of death in America. This intolerable situation is perhaps all the more shocking because we already know about how to fix much of this problem. Congress should focus on improving patient safety and reducing deaths and injuries, not insulating negligent providers from accountability, harming patients and saddling taxpayers with the cost, as H.R. 1215 would do.”

To view the letter in its entirety, as well as the 80 supporting organizations, please click here.

Please Help Make a Difference
The final vote on H.R. 1215 is expected to take place in the House tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28, and our voices can still make a difference.

Yesterday we shared a video by the American Association of Justice about Dahlia Ramirez, a now 7 year old who was badly injured as an infant due to a surgical error. The legal system worked in her favor and as a result the family is now able to financially afford medically necessary care and services for their daughter’s injuries. With the passage of H.R. 1215, families such as the Ramirez’s would not be able to receive more than $250,000 in non-economic damages. We encourage you to view the video to understand that these are real families whose lives would be affected by passing this inhumane bill. To view the story of Dahlia Ramirez please click here.

Please call your members of congress and encourage them to vote against H.R. 1215.

Using this link from Take Justice Back, you can call your members of Congress by visiting www.takejusticeback.com/protectpatients.  Please act now. Voting takes place TOMORROW, Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

 

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