- Dr. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced a tort reform bill that is being designated as H.R. 5. This is one of the most direct causes of high health care costs and must be taken up immediately. Here is a brief summary of the provisions in this bill from The Hill:
"Among other things, the bill would limit the number of years a plaintiff has to file a legal claim against medical practitioners and ensure that doctors are only liable for the portion of a procedure for which they are at fault. The latter provision would limit the ability of a plaintiff's lawyers to seek "deep pockets" in a legal challenge.
The bill also ensures that more monetary awards would go to patients, not patients' lawyers, puts "reasonable limits" on punitive damages and allows states to maintain their own damage award caps."