Would you believe that there's been a recent flood of Snow White movies, with not one but two coming soon to theaters near you? There’s Snow White and the Huntsman with Charlize Theron as the evil queen. And there’s Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen. That title, of course, references her famous magic mirror, to whom she constantly asks, “Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” And the mirror always lies and says, "You, my queen, are fairest of all." This goes on for awhile, but eventually, the mirror tells the truth and things don’t end up too well for the queen. House leadership, take note.
For some reason, the House leadership has suddenly decided to push for a vote on H.R. 5, the anti-patient (and anti-women) medical malpractice/drug and medical device/nursing home bill. The bill’s biggest proponent who keeps egging this on (the magic mirror himself!) was a malpracticing doctor. That should tell you something. You can follow the process today, including the introduction of a bunch of amendments, at the House Rules Committee site here.
Now, of course, the likely suspects are also vehemently opposed to the bill. See, e.g., the consumer and patient group letter sent to Congress yesterday which explains why the bill is anti-patient and especially anti-women. But I can’t say that the House leadership cares too much about them, or about women, or nursing home patients, or victims of pharmaceutical industry misconduct, or insurance bad faith victims. Otherwise, there wouldn't be an H.R. 5.
But they are supposed to care about the Constitution. So right now, a lot of folks in the conservative base are telling the House leadership to throw away those magic mirrors and get a reality check. We shall see.