Today’s Health Care Check-Up: — January 27, 2000
"Employers Say They'd Cut Health Benefits Due to Liability
"More than one-third of employers in a new survey say they would
probably cut off workers' health benefits if Congress passes a law
allowing patients to sue managed care plans for malpractice."
-Associated Press, 1/20/00
Is this the outcome Congress wants from a "Patients' Bill of
- According to a survey conducted by Hewitt Associates in January,
36 percent of large employers said they would drop health coverage
for their workers if Congress expands the "right" to sue.
- Another survey conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in
October found that 65 percent of small employers would drop
coverage if an expanded "right" to sue becomes law.
- Legal study after legal study has shown that if Congress
expands the "right" to sue health plans, employers will be liable as
If Congress expands the "right" to sue, trial lawyers will
but American families and businesses will lose.
A "Patients' Bill of Rights"
Shouldn't Be a "Lawyer's Right to Bill"