Nov 11, 2005

Oh, Rick. Just shut the hell UP already.

ABC's "Primetime" did some investigation on malpractice lawsuit reform and came up with this interesting little tidbit.

Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., says that the No. 1 health care crisis in his state is medical lawsuit abuse and in the past he's called for a $250,000 cap on non-economic damage awards or awards for pain and suffering. "We need to do something now to fix the medical liability problem in this country," he declared at a rally in Washington D.C., this past spring.

But Santorum's wife sued a doctor for $500,000 in 1999. She claimed that a botched spinal manipulation by her chiropractor led to back surgery, pain and suffering, and sued for twice the amount of a cap Santorum has supported.
When cornered by ABC during a book signing, in PA, Santorum said, "Of course I'm going to support my wife in her endeavors. That doesn't necessarily mean that I agree with everything that she does."

Of course you're going to support her. You and she benefited from a legal settlement twice the amount of your proposed cap on "non-economic damages." Give it a rest. Seriously!

(Photo credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster, courtesy of the HuffPo.)

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