For Lawmakers, First-Person Experiences Impact Health Policy Decisions
The New York Times reports on how a lawmaker, who is also a physician involved in a medical liability lawsuit that started before he was elected to Congress, is now a sponsor of malpractice legislation. Meanwhile, new House members who declined federal insurance coverage are facing the pitfalls of the insurance market.
The New York Times: Malpractice Bill Raises Issues About A Lawsuit
The lawmaker and retired obstetrician sponsoring a Congressional bill to sharply cut medical malpractice awards was involved in a $500,000 settlement of a malpractice lawsuit. The action was brought by a pregnant woman who charged that inappropriate care caused the loss of her fetus and other complications (Meier, 2/8).
Politico: House Republicans Rethinking 'Repeal And Replace'
Ask any House Republican about repealing President Barack Obama's health care law, and you'll get the same fiery, self-assured talking points about tearing down what Speaker John Boehner has called a "monstrosity." But talk to some of the 16 freshman lawmakers who have declined their government health benefits, and you'll hear a different side of the story - about tough out-of-pocket expenses, pre-existing conditions and support for health reforms that would help those who struggle with their coverage. As they venture into the free market for health insurance, these lawmakers - many of whom swept into office fueled by tea party anger over the health care law - are facing monthly premiums of $1,200 and fears of double-digit rate hikes (Cogan, 2/9).