On February 24, 2017, a bare majority of Republications pushed H.R. 1215 through U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee without debate by narrow 18-17 vote. Although styled the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” in fact H.R. 1215 is one of a half-dozen slickly-styled anti-justice House Bills being railroaded through Congress that attack the rights and remedies of injured ordinary citizens:

A. H.R. 720: “Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act”

B. H.R. 725: “Innocent Party Protection Act”

C. H.R.732: “Stop Settlement Slush Fund Act”

D. H.R. 906: “Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act”

E. H.R. 985: “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act”

The following are example justice travesties of H.R. 1215, which mainly closes Court doors on most medical malpractice victim claims, but which also quietly thwarts injured victim product liability claims against pharmaceutical corporations, medical device manufacturers, insurance companies, and others:

A. MEDICAL ERROR OF EPIC PROPORTIONS

U.S. medical errors kill 440,000 annually and injure many more.

B. FAULTY CLAIM OF HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT

Minimized accountability decreases quality and increases cost.

C. ILLUSORY SAVINGS OF HEALTHCARE COSTS

Medical negligence is only 0.2% of total U.S. healthcare costs.

D. UNCONSTITUTIONAL PREEMPTION OF STATES RIGHTS

Inequitable destruction of current Virginia statutes and jurisprudence:

1. $250,000 Non-Economic Damages Cap

Implicates, discriminatorily, total malpractice damages cap.

2. Joint Liability Elimination

Insulates wrongdoers at expense of victims and public coffers.

3. Collateral Source Introduction

Injects patient paid, but not wrongdoer liability, insurance coverage.

4. Future Payments Imposition

Defers compensation at expense of victims and public coffers.

5. Attorneys Fees Limitation

Renders most non-wealthy patient representation uneconomical.

E. HIDDEN AGENDA OF ENLARGED PROTECTION

Insulates insurers, pharmaceutical/device makers, and others too.

Health Care Costs 2015

SINCE H.R. 1215 (AND THE OTHER ANTI-JUSTICE HOUSE BILLS) COME BEFORE THE FULL HOUSE AND THE FULL SENATE SOON, CONTACT THE FOLLOWING VIRGINIA U.S. CONGRESSMEN NOW (BEFORE YOUR EXISTING LEGAL RIGHTS AND REMEDIES ARE EXTINGUISHED):

VIRGINIA – US SENATORS

Mark Warner

703 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-2023

Contact: www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact

 

Timothy Kaine

231 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-4024

Contact: www.kaine.senate.gov/contact

 

VIRGINIA – HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Robert J. Wittman

6501 Mechanicsville Turnpike

Suite 102

Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Phone: (804) 730-6595

Fax: (804) 730-6597

http://wittman.house.gov/contact/

 

Scott Taylor

412 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-4215

https://taylor.house.gov/contact/email

 

Robert C. Scott

1201 Longworth House Office Bldg

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-8351

Fax: (202) 225-8354

https://bobbyscott.house.gov/contact

 

Donald McEachin

314 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-6365

Fax: (202) 226-1170

https://mceachin.house.gov/contact/email

 

Thomas Garrett

686 Berkmar Circle, 2nd Floor

Charlottesville, VA 22901

Phone: (434) 973-9631

https://tomgarrett.house.gov/contact/email

 

Bob Goodlatte

70 North Mason Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Phone: (540) 432-2391

Fax: (540) 432-6593

https://goodlatte.house.gov/contact

 

Dave Brat

4201 Dominion Blvd, Suite 110

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Phone: (804) 747-4073

Fax: (804) 747-5308

https://brat.house.gov/contact

 

Don Beyer

5285 Shawnee Road

Suite 250

Alexandria, VA 22312

Phone: (703) 658-5403

Fax: (703) 658-5408

http://beyer.house.gov/contact

 

Morgan Griffith

323 West Main Street

Abingdon, VA 24210

Phone: (276) 525-1405

Fax: (276) 525-1444

https://morgangriffith.house.gov/contact/contactform.htm

 

Barbara Comstock

21430 Cedar Drive, Suite 218

Sterling, VA 20164

Phone: (703) 404-6903

Fax: (703) 404-6906

https://comstock.house.gov/contact/email

 

Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly

4115 Annandale Road, Ste. 103

Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: (703) 256-3071

Fax: (703) 354-1284

https://connolly.house.gov/contact/contact-gerry.htm