Jeb: “Call Florida senators!”

June 12, 2003

Jeb is on the road drumming up support for his medical malpractice “reform.” The central part of his package would limit damages for pain and suffering that are awarded to people who suffer from a doctor’s mistakes. Like other lawsuit cap bills, this one seeks to protect industry (insurance, in this case) and pump up profits at the expense of deserving victims whose lives have been shattered.

Sure, there may be an occasional jury award that seems excessive at first glance, but many of these are whittled down on appeal, and you can bet that if a plaintiff gets to the point that a jury has awarded her a significant amount of money that she is hurting pretty bad.

We have a jury system in place to decide what people are entitled to when harm is done to them by others. Don’t fall for the false sales rhetoric that Jeb is pitching. Do call these senators and tell them that you oppose any caps on lawsuits, medical malpractice included.

“There are a few wandering senators who need to get back on the reservation to deal with this crisis,” Bush told a roundtable discussion at the south Hillsborough County hospital. “Take Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough County. Their senators are not committed to meaningful reform, and I think they need to hear, politely and respectfully, about how this plays out in the real world.”

Bush identified four senators as Victor Crist of Tampa, Lisa Carlton of Osprey, Michael Bennett of Bradenton, and Tom Lee of Brandon – all Republicans. All four oppose a central element of the Bush plan: limiting damages for pain and suffering in malpractice cases to $250,000, regardless of the number of defendants.

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