Democrats Ask: Where Are the Teeth in Negotiated Settlement?

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Republican leaders of the House and Senate have already agreed on the framework for limiting the amount of jury awards for pain and suffering.

The thinking is that such limits will keep medical malpractice rates from rising, and therefore keep doctors happy.

The Democrats don't count, since they don't have enough votes to do anything, but they note the bill's lack of a requirement that insurance companies lower the rates they charge doctors to a certain level.

The House Democratic leader is Doug Wiles of St. Augustine.

In his words: "It's really kind of remarkable that in the final bill we've done nothing to make sure insurance premiums are reduced.''