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Med Mal: Winning the PR Battle

From the Consumer Protection, Corporate Accountability, and Citizen Advocacy Group, TEXAS WATCH

Almost a decade after enactment of dangerously radical medical liability restrictions, the medical and insurance lobby continues to pour nearly $1 million every year into its campaign to defend the legislation. Despite those resources, they are losing the public relations battle. For instance, Fox 4 in Dallas recently ran a two-part series exploring the impact of stripping patients of their legal rights. Texas Watch provided research and perspective to the reporters.
The first piece (found at http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/17797889/2012/04/26/investigation-tort-reforms-limit-options-for-some-texans) explores whether HB4 succeeded in improving health care for Texas patients (spoiler: it didn’t!), and features real victims including Texas Watch activists Bill & Kelly Putnam who share their story of how they are fighting back after the tragic, senseless loss of Kelly’s father. The follow-up story (found at http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/18169259/news-station-investigation-medical-board#.T6ktEGWstWY.twitter) features and interview from our executive director Alex Winslow and focuses on the failure of the Texas Medical Board to police the medical profession.