The Pop Tort is reporting today that Congress is beginning its debate on HR 5, a bill that, among other things, attempts to limit the right of victims of medical malpractice to recover for their injuries by making it difficult for them to find representation and by limiting their possible recovery. Given the level of medical malpractice errors reported, it is scary to think what would happen if the bill were adopted.
My first impressions of the bill, which has been around for over a year now, can be found here. Since then, I have posted comments and updates on the bill here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
Today's Pop Torts comment is available here. In it they point out how peculiar it is that although the proponents of the bill are generally "anti-federal government", they apparently trust the federal government to get it right every time when it comes to the safety of drugs and medical devices. They also remind us that the FDA continues to fall down on the job.