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Capitol Health Call
August 6, 2003

Medicare Wrangling Continues

JAMA. 2003;290(5):590. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.590-a

Senate Republicans were unable to defeat a filibuster against malpractice litigation limits, signaling continued gridlock for the troubled bill.

After the failed cloture vote (the procedure by which the Senate can overcome a filibuster by voting to place a time limit on consideration of a bill), a group of physicians in white coats stood behind Republican leaders, American Medical Association President Donald Palmisano, MD, and American Hospital Association President Dick Davidson, MD, as they criticized Democrats for blocking the measure. Both organizations have long argued that liability limitations are vital to the quality of health care.

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