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News Release
1/27/2011
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...
Blog Post
12/2/2010
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...
Blog Post
3/1/2010
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...
Blog Post
2/24/2010
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...
Blog Post
2/23/2010
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...
News Release
10/29/2009
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.   Consumer Watchdog sent the following letter to...
Blog Post
10/27/2009
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...
News Release
10/1/2009
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...
Blog Post
10/1/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog joined six other national consumer and patient safety groups to pubish an open letter ad to Congress today opposing any effort to sacrifice innocent Americans injured by cost-cutting hospitals and negligent doctors in the quest for health care reform. The ad ran in Politico, The Hill and Roll Call today. Download it here. State...
News Release
9/9/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber (202) 629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- President Obama should not make innocent Americans injured by cost-cutting hospitals and negligent doctors a political sacrifice in his quest for health care reform, said Consumer Watchdog in advance of the President’s health care speech tonight.     State malpractice damage caps and other limits on liability...