Patients' Bill of Rights: Anti-Consumer Amendment
|This amendment (Amdt. 303) to the Patients' Bill of Rights (H.R. 2315) was drafted by the Bush Administration after the president pressured moderate House Republicans to drop their support for the bipartisan version of the bill originally sponsored by Reps. Charles Norwood (R-Ga.), John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Greg Ganske (R-Iowa). This amendment substantially weakened the ability of consumers to hold HMOs accountable in court for denying medical care. It created a deadlock between the House and the Senate, which earlier passed a stronger, more pro-consumer bill. Passed 218 Yea to 213 Nay.|
Votes from the 107th and 108th Sessions of U.S. Congress.
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