Such was the case with yesterday’s little soiree at the National Press Club, hosted by corporate lawyer Phil Howard and his little group called “Common Good” to discuss “Medical Liability Reform Innovations”, which included panelists hoping to scoop up some of the $25 million allocated by the Obama Administration to explore weakening patients’ legal rights, funded by taxpayers, many of whom are, well, patients.
We weren’t surprised to see the panel loaded up with representatives from the health care and medical lobbies. But we were especially interested to see who of the group professed to represent patient safety, the real concern of many we know who strongly oppose limiting access to the courts (and told the President so).
Looks like Dr. Lucian L. Leape, Chair, Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) was in the house. The rabidly anti-civil justice American Medical Association was NPSF's founding sponsor, along with CNA/HealthPro and 3M. Martin J. Hatlie, President, Partnership for Patient Safety, was there. He used to be on the boards of the Physician Insurers Association of America and the American Tort Reform Association, and has been connected to other anti-civil justice groups for quite some time. So, I think that’s it!
Had they asked us, we could have at least sent over a few fact sheets about how these “innovations” always harm patients, are very costly and unconstitutional. Like this, this, this, this, and this.
Guess some people can’t handle the truth??