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Does Clinton Support Medical Liability Reform For Doctors? Prob Just Pandering

- February 29, 2016

In An Attack On The Gun Industry, Clinton Advocated For A Law Shielding Doctors "Who Save People's Lives" From Lawsuits. CLINTON: "And it really is hard to believe we've given immunity to, I've voted against it, Senator Sanders voted for it. I've voted to say, no, why should this industry be given special privilege over every other industry? What about doctors who save people's lives? What about people who are inventing new technology that will save lives? Well no, no, we don't give them immunity from liability only gun makers and sellers." (Hillary Clinton, Campaign Rally in Norfolk, VA, 2/29/16)

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The Problem? When Clinton Had An Opportunity To Do So, She Voted To Kill The Measures

In 2006, Clinton Voted Against Cloture For A Bill That Would Cap Damages In Medical Liability Lawsuits. "A bill to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system." (S. 22, Roll Call Vote #115: Cloture On The Motion To Proceed Rejected 48-42, 5/8/06, Clinton Voted Nay)

In 2006, Clinton Voted Against Cloture For A Bill That Would Have Capped Damages In Medical Liability Lawsuits Brought Against OBGYN Doctors. "A bill to improve women's access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the delivery of obstetrical and gynecological services." (S. 23, Roll Call Vote #116: Cloture On Motion To Proceed Rejected 49-44, 5/8/06, Clinton Voted Nay)

In 2002, Clinton Voted To Kill An Amendment Limiting Medical Malpractice Lawsuits. "Reid, D-Nev., motion to table (kill) the McConnell R-Ky., amendment to the Dorgan, D-N.D., amendment. The McConnell amendment would limit punitive damages to twice the sum of compensatory damages. It would place limits on attorney's fees and require lawsuits to be filed within two years of the discovery of an injury." (S. 812, CQ Vote #197: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 6-42; D 50-0; I 1-0, 7/30/02, Clinton Voted Yea)


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