Citizens vs. Corporations
Make no mistake. There is a war going on in Washington D.C. right now. This war pits the rights of American citizens against the “rights” of corporations to pillage at will. If Bill H.R.1215 passes, citizens’ rights to access the courts will be enormously reduced, and the monetary power of corporations will increase yet further, to the further detriment of us all.
AAJ Statement on H.R.1215
Washington, DC – The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Julie Braman Kane on the so-called “Protecting Access to Care Act” [H.R. 1215], which would severely limit Americans’ and their families’ chances to hold health care and medical providers accountable if they injure and kill patients:
“This insulting proposal does nothing to help Americans access safe, affordable health care. Instead, H.R. 1215 would punish patients who are injured or killed by even the intentional acts of a health care provider.”
“H.R. 1215 would protect an astonishingly broad range of dangerous health care providers, including medical professionals who sexually assault patients, nursing homes that neglect and abuse their residents, and pharmaceutical manufacturers that market deadly drugs and devices. Americans injured by these services and products deserve access to justice, but this bill will force people to suffer without any avenue to hold those responsible accountable.”
“States should have the right to decide how to best protect their citizens through patient safety liability laws, but H.R. 1215 is a sweeping federal takeover of this important state function. It is shameful that members of this committee went to unprecedented lengths to reject Rep. Hank Johnson’s amendment to preserve states’ rights and prevent the unconstitutional federalization of our health care liability system.”
H.R. 1215 would apply to a broad range of claims including those involving injuries caused by medical negligence, defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, and nursing home neglect and abuse. The bill includes a federal cap on non-economic damages, imposes a federal statute of limitations for most claims, restricts attorneys’ fees, and grants blanket immunity to health care providers who prescribe a drug or device that was at any point approved by the FDA – even if that drug or device has since been proven to be dangerous.
Your Rights are Under Attack Now in Washington
H.R. 1215, the so-called “Protecting Access to Care Act” is going to the House floor this week. This bill does nothing to protect your access to health care or to the courthouse. It also shields credit card companies for all the evil we know that they can do. Written by corporations, this bill does all it can to protect drug companies and doctors and credit card companies at the expense of all our rights.
Previous, similar bills have virtually wiped out medical malpractice protections for people in several states.
Debate Begins Tuesday, Vote is Wednesday, June 28
The only amendments allowed during floor debate will be those that make the bill even worse for patients. The debate on this bill will begin on Tuesday, June 27, with vote on final passage scheduled for Wednesday, June 28.
Vote NO on HR1215
Help us defeat H.R. 1215 by calling your representatives and telling them to vote a resounding “NO” on H.R. 1215. Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of the Congressional sellouts backing this bill. It is a thinly-veiled corporate giveaway at the expense of citizens, at your expense, period.
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The Civil Justice System worked for Dahlia Ramirez. If H.R.1215 passes, it will never work like this again.
Below, a short viral video tells the story of 7-year-old Dahlia Ramirez, who suffered horrific injuries caused by medical negligence. Thanks to the civil justice system, Dahlia now has the best possible chance at living a normal life.
Here are two links to watch and share Dahlia’s video: