Archives: August 2020

Schumer’s overblown attack on GOP proposal for medical malpractice lawsuits

SOURCE: The Washington Post Chris Hayes, MSNBC: “Is the liability protection language acceptable to you?” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.): “Not at all. It is so extreme. You heard — you said before what [Sen. Mitch] McConnell said, ‘We need things not extraneous, extraneous to covid.’ You know what’s in this bill? No medical malpractice suits till 2024, even if they’re not covid-related. What it says is, if a employer really puts his —” Hayes: “Wait a second. Wait a second. Wait a second. Really?” Schumer: “That’s in the bill. Yes. It’s in the bill. It’s amazing. This is a K Street, corporate-lawyer wish list.” Hayes, the MSNBC host interviewing Schumer, fell back in his chair and rolled his eyes upon hearing this answer. “Really?” he asked. No, not really. As Congress debates another round of coronavirus relief legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says his “red line” will be shielding businesses, schools and health-care providers from lawsuits related to covid-19. The Safe to Work Act, which McConnell is sponsoring with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), does just that but in a highly technical manner. “As states gradually reopen their economies, front-line health-care workers, small businesses and schools…

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer vetoes bill to expand legal protections for health care industry

SOURCE: The Detroit News Chris Hayes, MSNBC: “Is the liability protection language acceptable to you?” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.): “Not at all. It is so extreme. You heard — you said before what [Sen. Mitch] McConnell said, ‘We need things not extraneous, extraneous to covid.’ You know what’s in this bill? No medical malpractice suits till 2024, even if they’re not covid-related. What it says is, if a employer really puts his —” Hayes: “Wait a second. Wait a second. Wait a second. Really?” Schumer: “That’s in the bill. Yes. It’s in the bill. It’s amazing. This is a K Street, corporate-lawyer wish list.” Hayes, the MSNBC host interviewing Schumer, fell back in his chair and rolled his eyes upon hearing this answer. “Really?” he asked. No, not really. As Congress debates another round of coronavirus relief legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says his “red line” will be shielding businesses, schools and health-care providers from lawsuits related to covid-19. The Safe to Work Act, which McConnell is sponsoring with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), does just that but in a highly technical manner. “As states gradually reopen their economies, front-line health-care workers, small businesses and schools…

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6 reasons why COVID-19 medical liability shield critics are wrong

SOURCE: AMA Opposition has emerged to a bipartisan bill before Congress that would provide targeted and limited liability protections to physicians and other health care professionals delivering care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Arguments being used against the legislation, however, are easily rebutted. The Coronavirus Provider Protection Act, H.R. 7059, was introduced in the House by Tennessee Republican Phil Roe, MD, and California Democrat Lou Correa and it has the support of nine co-sponsors (five Republican, four Democrats), the AMA and more than 130 national, state and medical specialty organizations. “Physicians and other health care professionals are putting themselves at risk every day while facing shortages of medical supplies and safety equipment, as well as changing directives and guidance from all levels of government,” then-AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, said back in June. “We commend Reps. Roe and Correa for recognizing that reasonable liability protections are in the best interest of our country as we continue to combat COVID-19 and begin to recover from this pandemic.” Physicians and other professionals remain vulnerable to the threat of unwarranted and unfair lawsuits as they continue heroic efforts to treat individuals afflicted with COVID-19 while also meeting the needs of other non-COVID-19 patients…

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August 2020 Newsletter

Just the facts: COVID-19 liability reforms As the need to head off a COVID-19 medical liability crisis grows, the American Medical Association (AMA) highlights the Health Coalition on Liability and Access’ (HCLA’s) advocacy efforts in building support for the facts of the matter. With COVID-19 cases building at a rate nearing 50,000 per day, risks of unwarranted lawsuits remain for physicians treating pandemic patients. This risk also threatens patient access to aspects of the health care system that may be disrupted as a result. Pending in the House of Representatives is H.R. 7059, the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act. Similar protections are included in S. 4317, the SAFE TO WORK Act, under consideration for the Senate pandemic stimulus bill. “Physicians and other health care professionals are putting themselves at risk every day while facing shortages of medical supplies and safety equipment, as well as changing directives and guidance from all levels of government,” then-AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, said previously. While opposition arguments exaggerate the reach and intent of the bill, the AMA highlights six arguments developed by the HCLA that spells out the reality of how pending legislation would address COVID-19 liability issues: • Providing limited and targeted protection…

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