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Med-mal cloture motion fails

A 48-42 majority was short of the 60-vote supermajority Senate rules require. Three Republicans—Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Richard Shelby of Alabama, and Mike Crapo of Idaho—crossed party lines; Democrats held firm, 39-0. The compromise measure, S. 23, which applied to birth procedures, failed with a similar lineup. In statements, Senators Reid and Kennedy improbably claimed reform wouldn't lower insurance rates, with Reid reserving special scorn for doctors for "too much malpractice."



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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