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President Obama has made the case that our current health care system is broken, and reform is needed to lower costs and cover the uninsured.

September 15th, 2009

Of particular interest to nursing home lawyers like me, who fight every day for the rights of elderly in long term care facilities, are the President’s comments regarding medical malpractice.  Many people are not aware that so-called “tort reform” would directly impact the ability of elderly who are abused and neglected in nursing homes to hold nursing home operators accountable.  Such an impact would occur even in situations where corporate greed results in nursing homes putting profits over the safety of its residents, in the form of understaffing, absurdly low food budgets, and refusing to spend money for staff training.  The “caps” often mentioned in tort reform discussions would most directly impact nursing home residents, who would be faced with limits on their ability to ask juries to hold nursing homes accountable for unforgiveable acts of abuse or neglect.  Reducing accountability won’t improve health care.  Act now – protect those who are the most vulnerable to abuse.  For more information, please click on the following link:  www.peopleoverprofits.com

For more information on how you can act to influence Congress away from dangerous limitations on patient rights, please click on the following link:  http://www.peopleoverprofits.org/c.ntJWJ8MPIqE/b.2480711/k.8A95/Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=ntJWJ8MPIqE&b=2480711&aid=12439