Today, with a vote of 223-181, the Republican controlled House of Representatives passed what could be national medical liability reform, or what some call "Tort Reform." The bill places a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages (pain and suffering), caps punitive damages at $250,000 or two times economic damages, sets a statute of limitations at 3 years. These reforms would be similar to those regulations already in place in Texas and California.
Proponents of national Tort Reform should not start celebrating yet. Most believe it is unlikely that this bill will be passed in the Democratic controlled Senate.
I will be keeping a close eye on this topic and will update the blog with the latest developments.