Malpractice award cap dies in Senate


WASHINGTON -- The Senate yesterday blocked legislation that would have limited jury awards in medical malpractice cases, shunting aside one of President Bush's policy objectives.

In procedural votes on two bills, proponents failed in bids to cut off debate. The defeat means that the effort to restrain malpractice awards is unlikely to move forward unless Republicans increase their numbers on Capitol Hill in November's election.

The bills would have limited damages for pain and suffering to $250,000 in most instances, with an upper limit of $750,000 for cases involving multiple medical facilities.

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