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Illinois med mal survivors protest and send letter demanding meeting with President Bush     Send a link to a friend

Survivors ask Bush to stop trying to bail out insurance and drug companies
at the expense of patients

[JAN. 5, 2005]  COLLINSVILLE -- Twenty-nine survivors of medical malpractice in Illinois sent a letter Tuesday to President Bush requesting a face-to-face meeting. The president is scheduled to meet with members of the Illinois State Medical Society today (Wednesday, Jan.5) in Collinsville at a publicity event designed to push for federal legislation that takes away patients' legal rights.

At a news conference at the Collinsville Holiday Inn on Tuesday, the survivors protested the president's planned visit.

Bush supports legislation that would severely reduce the rights of medical malpractice victims nationwide, as well as victims of dangerous FDA-approved drugs. The bill includes a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages. It would limit the liability not only of malpracticing doctors, but also hospitals, HMOs, nursing homes and manufacturers of drugs and medical devices.

The text of the letter follows:

January 3, 2005

President George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Via fax: (202) 456-2461

Dear President Bush:

We, or our family members, have been injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice in the State of Illinois.

We respectfully request a meeting with you on January 5, 2005, either before or after you meet with members of the Illinois State Medical Society in Collinsville, Illinois.

You have called medical malpractice lawsuits "frivolous" and you blame patients who sue for doctors' skyrocketing insurance rates -- even though the blame rests squarely on the insurance industry, not us.

Our cases are not frivolous. You need to hear our stories, and to understand the unacceptable degree of medical malpractice that goes on in this country and our proposals to solve this problem.

It is unacceptable for you to meet with doctors, or with representatives from hospitals, drug companies, HMOs, and the insurance industry -- indeed with all the corporate interests who would benefit from your cruel medical malpractice legislation -- while failing to meet with the very people who will be hurt most.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported, "[S]pecial interests spent $1.1 billion during the first half of 2004 on lobbyists and advertising campaigns" and "topping the list of spenders were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Medical Assn., which spent a combined $39 million during the six-month period to appeal for medical liability limits."

We cannot compete with these kinds of financial contributions from special interest lobby groups. But we are citizens who have lost a tremendous amount and you need to listen to our stories as well.

Please contact Amber Hard at the Center for Justice & Democracy -- Illinois, to set up this meeting. You can reach her at (847) 400-7696.

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We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Debra Allensworth

Phil Atherton

Sheila Austin
St. Elmo, Ill.

Sharon Baker

Jeanne A. Bouillon
Gillespie, Ill.

Kim Cruse
Pocahontas, Ill.

Angela Evans
Savoy, Ill.

David & Gail James
Decatur, Ill.

Donna Harnett
Chicago, Ill.

Kevin Harrison
Hamilton, Ill.

Aaron Hayes

Michelle Hayes

Mikel Ingram

Amy Karlak
Mount Olive, Ill.

Vickie Lambert
Batavia, Ill.

Christopher & Rosemary Lay
Downs, Ill.

Larry Mohr
Bunker Hill, Ill.

Don Sansher
Freeburg, Ill.

Tammy Schilt
West Salem, Ill.

Bill Shine

Sharon V. Smith

Debi Surlas

Georgiann Ursch
Godfrey, Ill.

Lisa Waligorski
Albers, Ill.

Katie Wedemeyer
Chester, Ill.

Tonya Wimberly
Noble, Ill.

Conda Zimmerman

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