Malpractice Lawsuits

Bush visiting 'Ground Zero' in battle over lawsuit limits

President Bush today visits "ground zero" in the battle over lawsuit limits. He's meeting with doctors in Madison County, Illinois, which was recently named by a lobby group as the best place in America to file a lawsuit. The president contends out-of-control damage awards are driving up malpractice insurance premiums, forcing many doctors to quit or move, and contributing to an overall rise in US health care costs. Bush wants to cap those awards and has made it a top agenda item for the new Congress which convened yesterday. Bush's critics say his plan would reward insurance companies and negligent doctors, and rob patients who've suffered horribly of a key legal right.