For the past several months we have been following the progress of the terribly misguided piece of legislation known as House Resolution 5 or the HEALTH Act. The legislation would remove and severely cut many basic legal rights for Illinois medical malpractice victims, those suffering nursing home neglect, and other personal injury victims.
The legislation has already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is now going through a few final committee considerations before potentially moving to the floor of the United States Senate for a full vote. Specifically, the Senate Energy & Commerce Committee will hear opening statements on the measure today and then more testimony on Wednesday before a committee vote on the measure.
During this committee process, amendments may be offered to the bill to change some components of the legislation. If passed out of committee, the entire Senate will get a chance to consider and vote on the bill. If amendments are made to the Senate version of the bill than it will have to be reconciled with the version that passed the U.S. House of Representatives before reaching the President’s desk for potential signature.
As has been consistently explained, this bill represents a shocking overreach which takes away basic legal rights from vulnerable community members to fix a “problem” that has been shown not to exist. It is important to defeat this bill at every possible step and, at the very least, offer amendments which eliminate some of the most dangerous portions of the legislation.
Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti encourage all those who care about a common sense, fair legal system to stand against this bill. There is still time to make a difference. Please contact your U.S. Senator and urge that they reject this proposal. Do not allow the wishes of big interests trample the rights of ordinary community members.
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