NU Online News Service, Feb. 25, 2004, 1:48 p.m. EST, Washington – The Senate has “dropped the ball” on medical malpractice reform, a health group says.[@@]
The National Association of Health Underwriters, Arlington, Va., says it is extremely disappointed that the Senate let a procedural vote sidetrack a bill, S. 2061, that would have provided some protection for providers of obstetrical and gynecological services.
Bill supporters failed to get the 60 votes they needed to invoke cloture and shut off a filibuster by bill opponents.
Janet Trautwein, vice president of government affairs for NAHU, notes that although the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, a comprehensive medical liability reform bill, in 2003, the Senate has not been able to act.
“Congress must take action to ensure that medical malpractice laws provide adequate compensation for those who are truly injured while reducing frivolous lawsuits and extraordinary damage awards so more Americans have access to affordable health care,” Trautwein says.