The Senate fell 12 votes short of bringing to the floor a malpractice reform bill that would have limited noneconomic damages in cases involving obstetricians and gynecologists to $250,000. The final vote, 48-45, was short of the 60 votes needed to end a Democrat-led filibuster. Had the 60 votes been obtained, the Senate would have been required to vote on the malpractice reform bill itself. The Senate last year vetoed a bill that would have capped noneconomic damages in all types of medical malpractice cases. The American Medical Association vowed to continue pressing for malpractice reform. "The goal is to pass reasonable reforms that allow patients access to the courtroom without sacrificing Americans' access to medical care," AMA President Donald Palmisano said in a news release. -- by Tony Fong
Another malpractice reform bill dies in Senate
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