Rick Santorum supports capping medical malpractice lawsuits for everyone except Karen Santorum

Not much to add on this one, but is anyone surprised?  What’s good for the Republican goose’s gander is apparently too good for the rest of the flock gaggle.

Santorum pushed to limit malpractice awards but sought larger payout for wife from The Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2012

By Carol D. Leonnig, Published: January 27
On the campaign trail, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he will push to limit payments to victims in medical malpractice lawsuits, which he blames for unnecessarily driving up health-care costs. And over the course of his two decades in politics, he repeatedly spoke in favor of capping such awards.

But Santorum testified in support of his wife when she filed a medical malpractice suit in 1999 that sought $500,000, twice the cap in his 1994 legislative proposal. Karen Santorum claimed that a Fairfax chiropractor had left her with a permanent back injury that probably would result in a lifetime of pain medication and restricted mobility.

This fall, while campaigning in Iowa, Santorum told reporters that he backed some limits but that his wife did not sue for “pain and suffering, which is the area I think we should cap.”

Although the lawsuit did not seek a specific figure for pain and suffering, the former senator testified in the case about the emotional and physical toll on his wife and how that justified a sizable monetary award, transcripts show. The judge in the case also made clear that the majority of the $350,000 the jury awarded the family was largely for unspecific losses and pain and suffering, an amount he concluded was “excessive.”

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2 Comments on “Rick Santorum supports capping medical malpractice lawsuits for everyone except Karen Santorum”

  1. Dan Hackbarth says:

    Dear Dan S.,

    May I suggest that you replace the work “flock” with “gaggle”? Otherwise, I’m completely on board with this post.

    Sincerely,
    Dan H.

  2. DailyDisgust says:

    Thanks, Dan. Now it is both linguistically accurate and better alliterative.


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