Navigation Links
Medical Malpractice Survivors Decry Possible Stripping of Rights in President's Health Care Plan
Date:6/15/2009

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sixty-four survivors of medical malpractice from 21 states sent a letter to President Obama today expressing extreme concern that the rights of medical malpractice victims have become a "political bargaining chip" in the President's efforts to sell his health care plan, and that their rights may be stripped away as a result. Reports now indicate that the President supports measures that would drastically limit injured patients' rights to trial by jury by allowing biased medical societies or politicians to make liability decisions. The group of malpractice survivors has requested a meeting with President Obama to express dissatisfaction with the President's willingness to include far-reaching medical malpractice limits in his national health care proposal.

The survivors are working with the national consumer group Center for Justice & Democracy in trying to get their voices heard. CJ&D Executive Director Joanne Doroshow said, "Taxpayers have already been asked for billions of dollars to rescue Wall Street banks. Now they may be asked to give up their constitutional rights. What's next?"

Donna Harnett, a Chicago resident whose son, Martin, was severely brain-damaged at birth due to delivery errors, said, "Any proposal that would limit the right to trial by jury would be devastating to families like mine who have suffered catastrophic injuries. Moreover, it will do nothing to expand health coverage or reduce health care costs."

"I am very disappointed that the President is considering measures that would put patient's rights in jeopardy. I certainly hope that he accepts our request to meet with families like ours, who have had lives ruined and lost loved ones to medical negligence", said Michael Bennett of Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Bennett's father, Mark Bennett, died after being exposed to six types of bacteria while in the care of a Baltimore-area hospital-related injury.

"As survivors of medical negligence, we believe that our voices should be heard in any discussion that could result in curbing the legal rights of seriously injured patients," said Dylan Malone of Seattle, Washington, whose son, Ian, died several years after being severely brain damaged due to a delivery-related errors.

The full text of the letter can be found at http://centerjd.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Center for Justice & Democracy
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cinergy Health Appoints Dr. Erika Schwartz as Medical Director
2. Angel MedFlight Provides Air Medical Transportation for Accident Victim Needing Transport from France to U.S.
3. Top-Performing Medical Equipment Companies Announced
4. Angel MedFlight Provides Air Medical Transportation for Accident Victim Needing Transport from France to U.S.
5. EnovateIT Announces New Enovate Medical Cart Series
6. EnovateIT Announces New Enovate Medical Cart Series
7. National Hispanic Medical Association to Focus Health Reform on Health Disparities and Comparative Effectiveness Research
8. Appetite-stimulating hormone is first potential medical treatment for frailty in older women
9. Healthcare Travel Congress 2009: Experts Worldwide Convene in Singapore For Regional Conference on Medical Tourism
10. Students May Be Solution to Shortage of Medical Professionals
11. Microlife WatchBP Invites Medical Professionals for a New way through together at ESH Meeting
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/18/2017)... Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... and financial consultations to families and business owners in central Maryland and the DC ... community. , Heart disease kills 787,000 people nationally every year, making it the #1 ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today ... will be presenting at the upcoming WCBP Conference, to be held at the ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 ... ... of dental problems ranging from gum disease to enamel erosion, and those dental ... the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, many pregnant women are failing to get ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Gym Source, America’s leading retailer of ... at South Dixie Hwy in Miami, FL. , “We are elated to be opening ... innovative in-store concept is designed to give clients a seamless and motivating shopping experience.” ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 ... ... new and improved supplement, Healthful-Flex. , The company, owned and operated by ... the public at a reasonable price with the highest level of customer service. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... After the recent election cycle, it is clear ... for medical and recreational purposes are shifting. The evidence shows ... of cannabis, but the focus is coming from both the ... North American legal cannabis market posted $6.7 billion in revenue ... projects sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan. 17, 2017 Precision medicine ... for the treatment of disease. The approach allows ... to a therapy. The approach studies the individual ... lifestyle and environment. In January 2015, Precision Medicine ... to all diseases with more than one million ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan. 17, 2017 EU5 Glucose Monitoring ... new report, "EU5 Glucose Monitoring Market Outlook to 2022", ... market. The report provides value, in millions of US ... market segments - Blood Glucose Meters, Blood Glucose Test ... shares and distribution shares data for each of these ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: