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D.C. medical malpractice

Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams has strongly endorsed reform and put forth a proposed Health Care Reform Act of 2005, but it faces tough sledding in a City Council where trial lawyers have much clout. (Washington Examiner, May 4; Washington Times, May 6 and May 14). Notice, in the Examiner article, the bald-faced assertion attributed to the head of the area trial lawyers' association: "And there's no data, [Wayne R.] Cohen said, that confirms any correlation between caps and malpractice insurance rates" -- although such a correlation is among the best-attested of all findings in malpractice research.



Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute


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