Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) voted to repeal the portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) called the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The legislation (HR 5) also incorporated language for medical malpractice reform.
"This board created in Obamacare would have allowed appointed bureaucrats to make major decisions about the healthcare of seniors in Medicare," Shimkus explained. "I want to restore the patient-doctor relationship. I want to repeal the entire Obamacare law and replace it with a market-oriented healthcare policy that gives people more freedom and decision making over their healthcare."
Shimkus was a cosponsor of both bills that were incorporated into HR 5. The medical malpractice reforms would provide for 100 percent payment of all economic losses, including medical costs, lost wages, future lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, and other out-of-pocket expenses related to an injury. However, the noneconomic damages would be capped at $250,000.
"We have seen in Illinois how out-of-control medical malpractice insurance costs force doctors to leave. This would bring reforms to the whole country, saving $45 billion at just the federal level over the next ten years."
The bill passed the House and now goes to the Senate for consideration.