In a recently published OpEd on The Hill’s online news site, author Paul Bland points out the inconsistency in GOP principles in pushing H.R. 1215, the bill that aims to limit non-economic damages in medical malpractice and nursing home neglect & abuse cases to $250,000. The passage of such a bill at the federal level would also supersede the policies in many states that have already contemplated this issue and, in certain states, enacted their own legislation.
Republican Policies Centered Around Less Federal Intervention
Traditionally, the GOP has supported bills and policies that limit the federal government’s role and give power to the states in which citizens live. Their argument is that there’s no one more equipped than state lawmakers to decide what legislation should pertain to its residents. If one follows their line of thinking, it is nearly impossible to connect Republican-backed H.R. 1215 to their long standing history of preserving states’ rights. The bill is an absolute contradiction to the foundation of the GOP’s belief system.
The article is worth a read. H.R. 1215 is a violation of our civil rights and should not be the law in this country. We are still able to fight this invasive legislation. Please click here to voice your opposition to H.R. 1215 by sending an auto-generated email to your members of congress.