Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed major legislation repealing many important reforms created by the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. This new bill, was passed before many legislators had an opportunity to read the text, and before receiving any cost and coverage analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”). The bill fundamentally alters America’s health insurance system. The new law will impact approximately one-sixth of the nation’s economy and early projections from the scoring of previous bills estimate that as many as 24 million Americans could lose health insurance coverage. The law also affects other popular Obamacare regulations such as a ban on insurance companies placing lifetime caps on an insured’s care or denying of coverage for pre-existing conditions.
The attorneys at Leopold & Associates find many of these changes unconscionable. The impact on many residents in our Chicago community could literally be the difference between life and death. In addition to these concerns, we are also worried about proposals being floated within the new law that will substantially affect patient’s ability to seek justice when doctors or hospitals violate basic safety rules that seriously impact the patient’s life and the lives of their families. We are concerned about the effect on quality of care, quality of safety measures and the ability for a patient to seek fairness and justice against a medical corporation. But, as the saying goes, you don’t have to take our word for it. Recently, the highly respected New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial from doctors at Stanford University and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital highly critical of these proposed “malpractice reforms.” Continue reading