Even before repealing or replacing any of the Affordable Care Acts benefits,
Congress has proposed legislation that would punish those who benefit
from the ACA. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee recently introduced an
alarming piece of legislation, H.R. 1215, referred to as the “Protecting
Access to Care Act of 2017”. The title of the bill could not be more
misleading. This bill will negatively impact the ability of victims of
medical malpractice to seek compensation if they were injured by a negligent
hospital or nursing home, harmed by a drug or medical device, or even
going as far as being sexually assaulted by a doctor.
H.R. 1215 also places a cap on compensation for non-economic injuries,
such as paralysis, trauma, or reproductive harm, setting the price tag
for suffering at $250,000, even in states where such caps have already
been declared unconstitutional. Its provisions apply across-the-board,
regardless of age or circumstances. Additionally, the mandates provided
by this bill will eliminate the power given to juries throughout our judicial
system. Instead, it places the power to decide these cases in the hands
of DC politicians subject to political special interests.
H.R. 1215 contains many dangerous provisions that threaten core constitutional
rights of all American citizens. In response, the American Association
for Justice released a statement highlighting its ominous ability to take
judicial power from the States and place detrimental restrictions on legal
remedies for victims. If passed, H.R. 1215 makes it nearly impossible
for justice to be served, and easier for health care providers, and drug
and device manufacturers to get away with causing serious injuries and
even loss of life.
We ask that our clients and those reading this message take notice of the
potential impact of this Bill and urge their US Congressmen and women
to stand up and vote no on H.B. 1215
George & Farinas, LLP represents individuals harmed by dangerous drugs
and defective medical devices. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, our hardworking
lawyers and staff aggressively and effectively represent the interests
of clients and their families. We have earned the reputation as a trusted
law firm and fierce advocate for those suffering from health problems,
injury, or even loss of life.
Call us today at (888) 277-0500.