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Doctorsí Refusal to Compromise Attributed to Inability to Make Changes

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein believes, “There has to be a change of heart in the medical profession for something to proceed,” when referring to the current medical malpractice issue that the entire nation and individual states are facing. While some people think that Feinstein holds a biased opinion due to her connections to both the medical and legal fields, other think that Feinstein has shown she is not afraid to do what she believes is right even if opposing a side supporting her.

Married to a neurosurgeon until his 1978 death, Feinstein directly dealt with medical malpractice lawsuits as her late husband had eight medical malpractice lawsuits against him, which is not that uncommon considering the high-risk operations performed. On the other side of the spectrum, Feinstein has close ties with lawyers, receiving nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions over the past five years. Despite these ties to the legal profession, Feinstein still sponsored a bill to protect high-tech firms from Y2K liability, a bill opposed to by trial lawyers.

The medical malpractice issue has been complicated due to the political ties that both the American Medical Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers have. Feinstein thinks that it is the refusal for the medical profession to budge on the issue of medical malpractice caps and bills for changes not being made.


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