By Rowan Wolf
A new pop-up ad just appeared while I was surfing this morning. "The Patients Action Network" It reads: "18 states are in healthcare crisis. 26 are in severe decline. Are you affected? Click here to find out. It has a pictire of Bush giving a speech (or acting like he's giving a speech).
Curious, I clicked. It took me to Patients Action Network Medical Liability Reform Campaign. But whose site is it???? The American Medical Association. It is an email your legislators campaign and it says:
Dear Member of Congress
I am deeply concerned about the status of the United States healthcare system. Costs are escalating rapidly. At the same time, its getting more and more difficult for patients like me to get an appointment with a doctor near home. .
I support President Bushs approach to solving this problemmedical liability reform. The fact is, thousands of frivolous medical lawsuits are filed each year by individuals hoping to hit the lottery with a big court award. Even though fewer than 10% ever make trial, the costs of defending against these suits are highand are ultimately passed down to patients. Whats worse, when physicians can no longer afford the rising cost of liability insurance, they simply retire, leave the area, or limit the treatment they offerleaving patients in many areas without adequate access to medical care..
The great thing about liability reform is that there are no losersexcept the trial lawyers. Patients with legitimate suits will be able to recover unlimited economic damages to cover future medical expenses, lost wages, etc. Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, would be capped at $250,000..
This is a reasonable proposal that will have a positive impact on our healthcare system, and I encourage you, as my elected representative in Congress, to do everything in your power to get it passed. Thank you for your time.
Now we know that companies fake "green" campaigns, but this is the AMA. Apparently all their money to legislators isn't carrying the day. I guess this is a sign of strength for us, but it does tick me off.