Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Amidst a wave of criticism from provider groups and patient advocates after the vote, Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Michael Burgess (R-TN) indicated they are in favor of developing a stand-alone "doc fix" bill in a separate conference committee. Both men are physicians.
The full House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday worked on shaping a new version of the most high-profile tort-reform bill offered in recent years. The committee marked up the medical liability reform bill called Help Accessible, Efficient, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced the bill in the House on Jan. 24 and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) introduced a companion measure on Jan. 27.