The GOP Plan to Reduce Frivolous Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Join us on the latest episode of Healthcare Matters as we speak with Representative Phil Roe (R-Tenn) and Representative Andy Barr (R-Ky) about the American Healthcare Reform Act of 2017 (HR 277), a bill they introduced to Congress in January. Their bill would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature healthcare law. Unlike the ACA, HR 277 includes provisions to help reform the medical liability system, including a “safe harbor” for physicians who follow clinical practice guidelines. The bill would also move certain types of medical liability cases from state courts to federal court.

Rep. Roe was a practicing OB-Gyn prior to being elected to Congress in 2009 from Tennessee’s 1st District. Rep. Andy Barr, elected in 2013 from Kentucky’s 6th District, is a former trial attorney. Both are members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), where they worked with current Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who has also been a proponent of including medical liability reform in Republican efforts to replace the ACA.

Click below to view our full interview with Rep. Roe and Rep. Barr.


 

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