Patient Safety Act 'deception'

I hope voters will see the deception of this "Patient Safety Act" when they vote in November.

I greatly empathize with the Pack family and their loss of two children hit by a woman driver compromised by drugs and alcohol. Tell me, however: How will raising the cap on "pain and suffering" damages in malpractice suits do anything to prevent this? There is no limit to the award amount for a legitimate medical malpractice claim -- the patients and families are entitled to legitimate recovery financially.

The "pain & suffering" cap holds down awards for a nebulous issue. It is the trial lawyers who want to raise this so they can increase their income. Doing so will do nothing to prevent tragic losses like the Packs suffered. Mandatory checking of databases -- sure. Drug tests on doctors ... why not include lawyers as well, or police, ambulance drivers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, etc.? How will that prevent compromised drivers? This is all a smoke screen by the lawyers to try and fool the voters.

What will happen is that malpractice insurance rates will climb, in turn passed on as a rising cost of medical care. Why is there such a push to pass MICRA statutes in other states and even by the federal government? In states that don't have this cap, like Florida and New York, malpractice insurance can cost well over $100,000 a year for certain surgical subspecialties, and others. Just look at how many doctors can't accept Obamacare patients because it doesn't even cover their office expenses.

The trial lawyers are out for themselves, or do the few dollars you get from class action suits compare realistically to the millions the lawyers in these cases get?

Dr. Richard Terry

Moraga

Pollard shouldn't be released

The April 2 article in the Times ("Spy's fate could be linked to Middle East talks") hinting at the release of Jonathan Pollard early as an incentive to the Israelis during negotiations with the Palestinians' terms and conditions for more stable relations, is an absurd move by the American government to pressure Israel to, essentially, agree to jeopardize its national security and autonomy, as well as its citizens' safety.

It is obvious John Kerry wants to declare that he succeeded in bringing about an agreement between the sides.

However, the price the U.S. is asking is that Israel release murderers who killed innocent civilians (in addition to the captives already released) as another condition to continuing the talks.

This whole scenario sounds like high-level blackmail,

without considering Israel's safety and existence.

Shoshana Eliahu

Lafayette