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"Patient Death Act" Passes U.S. House

"Patient Death Act" Passes U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday 218-210 in favor of H.R. 1215, more aptly referred to as the Patient Death Act. The bill puts road blocks in the way of justice for injured patients and their families and greatly reduces accountability for unsafe hospitals and incompetent doctors. We've tried restrictive laws like this in Texas, and the results have been tragic for patients. 

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America, taking the lives of 250,000 Americans every year. The Patient Death Act, much like the laws passed in Texas in 2003, puts our children, veterans, stay-at-home parents, and the elderly at the most risk by devaluing their lives. This dangerous bill places harsh restrictions on the injured while letting bad acting providers virtually off the hook. Texas' tragic experiment should not be repeated.

See how your U.S. Representative voted on this deadly legislation: 

Louie Gohmert Jr., District 1 (Tyler) - Against

Ted Poe, District 2 (Kingwood) - Against

Sam Johnson, District 3 (Plano) - For

John Ratcliffe, District 4 (Rockwall/Sherman/Texarkana) - For

Jeb Hensarling, District 5 (Athens/Dallas) - For

Joe Barton, District 6 (Ennis/Arlington) - For

John Culberson, District 7 (Houston) - For

Kevin Brady, District 8 (Conroe/ Huntsville) - For

Al Green, District 9 (Houston) - Against

Michael McCaul, District 10 (Austin/Brenham/Katy/Tomball) - For

Michael Conaway, District 11 (Llano/San Angelo/Odessa/Midland/ Brownwood/Granbury) - For

Kay Granger, District 12 (Fort Worth) - For

Mac Thornberry, District 13 (Amarillo/Wichita Falls) - For

Randy Weber, District 14 (Beaumont/ Lake Jackson/ League City) - For

Vicente Gonzalez, District 15 (Edinburg) - Against

Beto O’Rourke, District 16 (El Paso) - Against

Bill Flores, District 17 (Waco/Bryan/Austin) - For

Sheila Jackson Lee, District 18 (Houston) - Against

Jodey Arrington, District 19 (Abilene/Lubbock) - For

Joaquin Castro, District 20 (San Antonio) - Against

Lamar Smith, District 21 (Austin/Kerrville/San Antonio) - For

Pete Olson, District 22 (Katy/Pearland/Sugar Land)- For

Will Hurd, District 23 (Del Rio/ Eagle Pass/Fort Stockton/ San Antonio/ Socorro) - For

Kenny Marchant, District 24 (Irving) - For

Roger Williams, District 25 (Austin/Cleburne) - For

Michael Burgess, District 26 (Lake Dallas) - For

Blake Farenthold, District 27 (Corpus Christi/Victoria) - For

Henry Cuellar, District 28 (Laredo/Mission/Rio Grande/San Antonio- Against

Gene Green, District 29 (Houston) - Against

Eddie Johnson, District 30 (Dallas) - Against

John Carter, District 31 (Round Rock/ Bell County) - For

Pete Sessions, District 32 (Dallas) - For

Marc Veasey, District 33 (Fort Worth/Dallas) - Against

Filemon Vela, District 34 (Alice/Brownsville/San Benito/Weslaco) - Against

Lloyd Doggett, District 35 (Austin/San Antonio) - Against

Brian Babin, District 36 (Deer Park/Orange/Woodville) - For


Thank you to the U.S. Representatives that voted against this dangerous legislation. It's now up to the U.S. Senate to stop the Patient Death Act. Take one minute to tell your U.S. Senator to stand for patient safety here

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