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"Hot Coffee" Exposes How Hard Caps on Malpractice Awards Shift Burden to Taxpayers

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Uploaded on Jan 25, 2011

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In our final segment featuring the explosive new documentary "Hot Coffee," we speak with a family featured in the film. Lisa and Mike Gourley are the parents of twin sons Colin and Connor. Colin was born with cerebral palsy because of medical malpractice during childbirth. A Nebraska jury awarded Colin $5.6 million to cover his medical expenses. But a state-mandated cap reduced his award by 80 percent, to $1.2 million. Democracy Now! speaks with the family about how taxpayers are now responsible for paying for Colin's expensive healthcare costs and how mandated caps in malpractice lawsuits relieve the wrongdoer of responsibility for the damage they cause.

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