- House plans vote on bill to ban sex-selective abortion
The controversial bill aims to ban sex-selective abortions by fining or imprisoning doctors who perform them.
- Lance Armstrong prods Berman, Sherman on California tobacco tax
Californians decide Tuesday on increasing California’s cigarette tax $1
per pack, with the money largely going to cancer research.
- Revised FDA bill would cut deficit by $370 million
House Republicans have changed their Food and Drug Administration bill enough to get a positive score from the Congressional Budget Office.
The FDA bill is set for a floor vote this week. A new CBO analysis says the amended bill would reduce the deficit by $370 million over the next decade. The version that passed the Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this month would have added nearly $250 million to the deficit, according to CBO.
- Poll: Majority supports special courts for malpractice suits
Large majorities of U.S. voters believe medical malpractice lawsuits are driving away good doctors, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The survey, conducted on behalf of Common Good, says 75 percent of those polled believe malpractice suits are contributing to the high cost of insurance and medical care.
Republicans have made malpractice reform a central tenet of their healthcare platform, but trial lawyers and many Democrats say the GOP’s proposed approach would do little to control the actual effect on healthcare costs.
Republicans want to cap damages in malpractice suits at $250,000. President Obama, on the other hand, has endorsed a system in which doctors would be shielded from suits if they adhere to the best practices for their specialty, but they could be sued if they do not follow those standards.
The Common Good poll asked about a third option — creating special “health courts” to hear medical malpractice suits. Sixty-six percent of those polled said they would support health courts, including more than two-thirds of both Democratic and Republican respondents.
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