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.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."
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.
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.)