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The Medicare funding package proposed by President Bush includes another attempt to severely limit the rights of injured patients to hold negligent doctors and hospitals accountable.

I like to call it the “Negligent Doctor Protection Act.”  The act contains a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages, the elimination of joint liability, severe restrictions on punitive damages and contingent fees, and a reduced statute of limitations period for filing cases.  These provisions would affect all medical malpractice cases.

Rather than helping reduce the Federal deficit, these measures will have just the opposite effect and place the burden of caring for the catastrophically injured on the government rather than the wrongdoer.

Contact your Senator and ask them to vote “no” on S.2662, the “Negligent Doctor Protection Act.”

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