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March 3 - Medical Malpractice Payments Continue to Fall, Public Citizen Analysis Shows
Fewer medical malpractice payments were made on behalf of doctors in 2009 than any year on record, according to an update of the National Practitioner Data Bank that was released this week. The data contradict claims by some that medical malpractice litigation is to blame for rising health care costs. Changing the liability system to the detriment of patients will not curb health care costs.
March 2 - Americans Need an Independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency
Wall Street and the big banks crashed the financial system with abusive mortgage loans, have gouged consumers with outrageous overdraft fees and feasted on rip-off credit card charges. If after all that, Congress fails to establish an independent consumer protection agency, then we will know that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was indeed right when he said the banks own the Senate.
Feb. 25 - Sens. Dodd, Udall Deserve Kudos for Effort to Overturn Citizens United Case
Public Citizen applauds the courage and leadership of Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in introducing a constitutional amendment today to undo the damage perpetrated by Citizens United. Preserving our democracy requires the decision to be overturned; in the absence of the court reversing itself, that means we need a constitutional amendment.
Feb. 25 - Public Citizen Implores Congress to Stand Up to Liability Insurers During Health Care Summit
As lawmakers join President Barack Obama’s health care summit and try to develop legislation they can agree on, Public Citizen urges them not to shield negligent doctors and hospitals from accountability because it puts patients at risk and wastes taxpayer dollars. So-called tort “reform” laws increase the risk of medical negligence and shift the costs away from those who should pay — doctors and hospitals that have committed malpractice — to taxpayers.
Feb. 25 - Public Citizen, Americans for Financial Reform and Thousands of Americans Petition Sen. Dodd to Fight for a Strong, Independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency
As Americans await the unveiling of a revised financial reform bill in the Senate after months of bipartisan negotiations, representatives from Public Citizen and the coalition Americans for Financial Reform hand-delivered signatures to Senate banking committee Chairman Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) office on Tuesday thanking him for his leadership, while also urging him to hold Wall Street accountable and to fight for a strong independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
Feb. 22 - As Obama Health Care Summit Looms, Know This: Medical Malpractice Payments Are at an All-Time Low
With President Barack Obama’s health care summit pending, a lot of misinformation about medical liability reform is being peddled. This memorandum highlights five key points that have largely been ignored.
Feb. 2 - By Introducing Constitutional Amendment Proposal, Rep. Edwards Provides Needed Momentum to Counter Supreme Court Decision
With its startling pro-corporate judicial activism in the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 majority has imperiled our democracy. The court's overreach is so shocking, and the certain consequences so damaging, that we must have a constitutional corrective.
Jan. 29 - Public Citizen Commends OSHA’s Proposal to Learn More About Employees’ Ailments
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today proposed requiring employers to track and report musculoskeletal disorders separately instead of lumping them into a catch-all category of “all other illnesses.” Public Citizen applauds this effort, as this recordkeeping will close an information gap and inform OSHA, employers and the public about patterns of workplace musculoskeletal disorders. This knowledge is critical to prevent this class of injuries, which afflict millions of Americans.
Jan. 28 - Capuano’s Shareholder Protection Act Is Excellent First Step – Let Shareholders, Not CEOs, Decide How Their Money Is Spent on Politics
A stunning blow of a court ruling deserves a strong response. We have that in a measure introduced late Wednesday by Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) to counter last week’s U.S. Supreme Court campaign finance ruling. Public Citizen enthusiastically supports Capuano’s “Shareholder Protection Act” and applauds his initiative in working to rein in the damage the court is causing by unleashing unlimited corporate spending in politics.
Jan. 21 - Shed a Tear for Democracy: Supreme Court’s Citizens United Will Unleash Flood of Corporate Money in Elections; Public Citizen Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Decision
Today, in the case Citizens United v. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence election outcomes. Money from Exxon, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer and the rest of the Fortune 500 is already corroding the policy making process in Washington, state capitals and city halls. Today, the Supreme Court tells these corporate giants that they have a constitutional right to trample our democracy.
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