House GOP Plan To Take Away Patients’ Legal Rights Won’t Lower Health Care Costs, Says Consumer Watchdog
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Insurance reform, not malpractice liability limits, held down doctors’ malpractice premiums in California said Consumer Watchdog today before a Congressional hearing on H.R. 5, a bill modeled on California law that would take away the rights of patients injured by medical negligence. Limits on patient rights failed...
Consumer Watchdog Applauds Commissioner Jones's Effort to Rein in Overpriced Medical Malpractice Insurance
CONTACT Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 ext. 309
Santa Monica, CA – California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has called on insurance companies that sell medical malpractice coverage to medical providers such as doctors, hospitals and clinics to lower premiums that appear to be excessive. The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog applauded the Commissioner, noting that if the insurers did...
House Republicans Have Their Talking Points on California Backwards: Insurance Rate Regulation, Not Medical Liability Limits, Lowered California Malpractice Insurance Premiums
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Doug Heller
Washington, DC– House Republicans are misrepresenting California’s experience with medical liability limits to argue for legislation, HR 5, that would take away the rights of patients injured by medical negligence. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to the bill’s author, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, today and called on...
By Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog joined 17 consumer and patient safety organizations today to condemn a proposal by the President’s debt commission to impose drastic limits on the rights of injured patients as a deficit-cutting measure. The groups wrote: The recommendation to impose cruel liability restrictions on patients injured by the medical...
Posted by Mark Reback
I just got off the phone with Consumer Watchdog Boardmember Kathy Olsen, who is in Washington, D.C. today along with her family, and medical malpractice victims and/or their families from four other states, for meetings at the White House with Administration staff regarding limiting the legal rights of innocent victims of medical negligence. The...
Posted by Judy Dugan
When Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly doesn't like a question, she's a regular Houdini of evasion and blame-shifting. Her testimony in front of Congress today managed to turn denial of health care into "efficiency" and put the blame for 39% yearly premium increases onto Blue Cross policyholders who dared to get sick. Braly described the...
Posted by Jamie Court
As pressure builds toward Thursday's "bipartisan" presidential summit on health care reform, some Capitol Hill staffers have reported receiving calls from the White House claiming the President is ready to give up the legal rights of medical malpractice victims for GOP support. What's wrong with the trade-off? LA's local NPR talk radio...
Consumer Watchdog Responds to Governor Schwarzenegger's Incorrect Claims About the Impact of Medical Malpractice Caps
CONTACT Douglas Heller 310-392-0522 ext. 309
Consumer Watchdog sent the following letter to Congressional leaders today in response to a letter sent by the Governor on October 27, 2009 in which he incorrectly cited California's draconian limits on the legal rights of injured patients as a successful cost containment tool. The Governor's letter is available here. October 29, 2009 The...
Posted by Carmen Balber
My blackberry picture is a little too blurry to do them justice, but this is Scott, Steve and Kathy Olsen at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol building last week (you can see the Supreme Court building in the background) to urge members of Congress to keep limits on patients’ legal rights out of the health care bill... My...
National Consumer Groups Announce New Ads Asking Congress to Oppose Medical Malpractice Limits in Health Reform
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Seven national consumer and health organizations announced today they have placed ads in opinion-leading Washington D.C. publications declaring strong opposition to any provisions in the health care bill that would limit the legal rights of patients injured by medical malpractice, including measures that would force them into...