Senate Passes Common-Sense
Patients' Rights Bill
The U.S. Senate exercised common sense in deciding that
quality health care is not achieved through more litigation.
• Nor is
quality health care achieved with "medical necessity" laws that
would deny patients access to the best possible care.
• The only beneficiaries of
more lawsuits are lawyers, not patients. Wisely, the Senate
passed patients' rights legislation that gets at the needs of
patients, not special interests.
The Senate, with strong leadership from Sen. Don Nickles,
R-Okla., deserves praise for its prudence.
• Excluded from the patients' rights legislation that
passed were provisions that would have raised health care costs,
increased the number of uninsured and undermined health care
• The best patient protection is having health
coverage. More lawsuits and higher health costs would only
add to the number of Americans without health insurance. A
majority of the Senate wisely recognized these facts.
Now, the Senate can turn to important health care issues such
as Medicare reform and access for the uninsured.
• The Medicare program is going broke, is plagued with
111,000 pages of red tape, and offers seniors inadequate
• There are 43 million Americans who are without health
Congress needs to focus on building a better Medicare program
and making health care coverage more accessible and affordable for