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Tea Partiers, Real Republicans & True Conservatives Must Oppose Tort-Reform Efforts.

March 13, 2013

Last year, the Cato Institute – a conservative think tank – came out strongly against damages caps for medical malpractice cases because caps harm consumers.

So, is Paul Ryan anti-consumer? Seems to be, according to this Tea-Party analysis of his recent budget proposal:

“The Ryan budget violates the 10th Amendment and restricts the 7th Amendment right to civil jury trials. It unconstitutionally crushes each state’s right to maintain its own civil justice system, by mandating federal limits on damages available in healthcare-related lawsuits. The plan ignores the opinions of the most respected Republican-side and libertarian legal experts and officials who have repeatedly written that Congress has no authority to enact federal caps on medical malpractice lawsuits, especially under the majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s Obamacare opinion. These experts include Prof. Randy Barnett; Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli; legal experts Rob Natelson, John Baker and Carrie Severino; and Reps. Ted Poe, Louie Gohmert and Lee Terry, and Senators Tom Coburn and Mike Lee. The National Conference of State Legislators has always protested federal caps as a violation of the states’ right to operate their civil justice systems without federal interference. Tea party leaders such as Judson Phillips and the Tea Party Patriots criticized the passage of caps by the Republican House in the last session of Congress.

The same caps do nothing to raise the quality of health care in the U.S., which is why Republican-side healthcare experts don’t support federal caps on such lawsuits (e.g., Avik Roy, Jim Capretta and Tom Miller) … but these realities are ignored by Rep. Ryan and House leadership.”

Tea Partiers, Real Republicans & True Conservatives Must Oppose Tort-Reform Efforts.

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