California medical malpractice damages cap in malpractice cases an issue

side note: Some in the California Legislature are arguing that language in the proposed Affordable Care Act would encourage the state to overturn its MICRA non-economic damage cap.

One of the many contentious issues in the national health care debate is something that began 34 years ago in California when Jerry Brown, in the first year of his first governorship, signed legislation imposing a $250,000 limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.

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