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house Bill H.R. 1215

Should Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Involving Federally Subsidized Care be Reformed?

Argument in favor

This bill would help bring down the cost of healthcare by reforming malpractice lawsuits related to care that was provided or subsidized by the federal government, which will lead to fewer unnecessary tests.

Ronald's Opinion
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06/15/2017
Medical care that one can't pay for helps no one. We must get the blood sucking lawyers out of health care. The lawyers enrich themselves at our expense.
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Barcodeman's Opinion
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06/14/2017
You want to lower healthcare costs, here is one BIG way.
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operaman's Opinion
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06/27/2017
This question seems vague so one must read the total concept of this bill. What's that frequent statement? Yes, EQUAL PROTECTION from lawyers and ugly fine print. Lawyer don't care if taxpayers always end up paying the fee as long as they take their cut. Support equal protection. I also feel it's not broad enough.
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Argument opposed

This bill would make it harder for people who’ve been wronged by an instance of medical malpractice to have their day in court and receive compensation. This will lead to more misconduct in the future.

Craig's Opinion
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06/12/2017
Republicans have lost their way on healthcare reform. What we need is single payer with universal coverage like every other civilized country in the world.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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06/12/2017
Individuals like corporations should be allowed their day in court.
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Cass's Opinion
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06/16/2017
Absolutely not! This sounds like an attack on the poor. We could resolve this by having single-payer healthcare like all the other western nations. The standard of care should be the same regardless of one's socioeconomic background.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed June 28th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 218 Yea / 210 Nay
      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 24th, 2017

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    Medical care that one can't pay for helps no one. We must get the blood sucking lawyers out of health care. The lawyers enrich themselves at our expense.
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    Republicans have lost their way on healthcare reform. What we need is single payer with universal coverage like every other civilized country in the world.
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    Individuals like corporations should be allowed their day in court.
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    Absolutely not! This sounds like an attack on the poor. We could resolve this by having single-payer healthcare like all the other western nations. The standard of care should be the same regardless of one's socioeconomic background.
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    I think the focus should be on making service better, not making it harder to sue.
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    Typical Conservative BS to take the rights to sue and recover damages from the average citizen... Pure Conservative BS... VOTE NO...
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    If a surgeon injured you into a quadriplegic state, and you would require care for the rest of your life, would $250,000 cover it? The answer, of course is no. So your vote is NO. The award must fit the injury, pain, and suffering.
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    You want to lower healthcare costs, here is one BIG way.
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    This question seems vague so one must read the total concept of this bill. What's that frequent statement? Yes, EQUAL PROTECTION from lawyers and ugly fine print. Lawyer don't care if taxpayers always end up paying the fee as long as they take their cut. Support equal protection. I also feel it's not broad enough.
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    Just another way to screw poor people
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    It's already too easy for doctors guilty of malpractice to quite literally get away with murder. There is no reason every doctor should not be subject to the same scrutiny.
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    Single payer!
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    Accountability is necessary no matter who's paying the bill.
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    Medical malpractice reform did nothing to bring down the cost of care in Texas. This is a scam.
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    The entire malpractice system needs reformation. Some are entitled to financial compensation, but there should be limits on the awards.
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    As someone in the healthcare industry it is insane how much money we spend on useless healthcare "defensive medicine" because we are concerned about being sued. Additionally, it costs a lot of money to get the education required to be in the healthcare field and people dramatically overestimate how much people in the field make especially when you count the education cost which many have to pay back for decades.
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    Malpractice is a state issue. Holding healthcare providers accountable and compensating people harmed are important goals. This would undermine those goals.
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    This is another classic Steve King bill. It is yet another assault on the lives of the poor, another attempt to undermining their value. Essentially this bill says if you need federal assistance then you aren't entitled to the same protections under the law as those who don't. This is legislating a wider gap between the "have" and the "have-nots". What a thoroughly awful bill! The way to lower the deficit is to put an end to corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich and the uncontrolled spending currently propping up the military industrial complex and the rising private prison industry. But Steve King and his ilk will never propose any of this. Instead they will just continue to attack the poor. Do not support this bill!
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    Medical malpractice needs to be reformed! Period! 98% of physicians are in the practice to help people cope with life's crap! Medicine is NOT an exact science! You have a choice! If you don't like the outcome, pretty much you were given the odds prior to signing on the line! Life IS a death sentence and we tend to forget that!
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    Under this congress, I trust what they mean by unnecessary. If someone has been wronged, they deserve compensation.
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