Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee favorably reported H.R. 5, the Help Efficient Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Health Care(HEALTH) Act of 2011 out of committee. This bill has already been favorably reported out of the House Judiciary Committee. The next step is the House floor.
Take Action! Tell Congress to oppose H.R. 5.
This radical and vicious bill would take away the legal rights of injured people, remove any incentives to improve patient safety, and leave everyone at risk for more injures from negligent care. H.R. 5 would impose draconian caps on damages, not just when injured by medical negligence, but also for defective drugs, or medical devices, or abuse suffered in nursing homes. The bill also preempts state law that is more favorable to patients while keeping in place state law that favors medical providers.
Take Action! Your rights are at stake!
When hospitals, nursing homes, and drug companies cannot be held fully accountable, there is no incentive to reduce the 98,000 medical errors that kill patients every year. As a result, even more patients may suffer injury, resulting in the need for additional medical care. The focus of this bill should be on improving patient safety, not limiting the rights of those who have been injured.
Take Action NOW! Send a message to Congress telling them to put patients first and oppose H.R. 5!
People Over Profits Team
Tricia Cooley and Sam Kruzel