Medical malpractice reform legislation has failed again in the Senate.
S. 2207, a bill that would have capped non-economic and punitive damages in cases involving obstetrical/gynecological services and emergency room and trauma care services could not muster the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture, which would have prevented a filibuster of the controversial measure.
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The final vote on the cloture petition was 49-48. S. 2207 will now likely be removed from the Senates calendar.
This is the second time that the Senate has tried to enact medical malpractice reform by focusing legislation on specialties that have been particularly hard hit by malpractice insurance premium increases.