Seventy-nine percent of Americans are concerned that frivolous lawsuits make it harder for them and their families to get affordable healthcare, according to a survey released this week by SickofLawsuits.org.
As part of the group’s public education campaign kickoff, advertisements announcing new survey findings will appear in the next four Monday editions of Roll Call, leading up to Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week (Oct. 3-7).
“Americans undoubtedly consider lawsuit abuse to be a significant barrier to quality healthcare,” said Sick of Lawsuits spokesperson Dr. Evelyn Tobias- Merrill, a physician from Corpus Christi, Texas and board member of Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. “These survey results make it painfully clear that we need meaningful legislative reforms to protect our healthcare system from abuse.”
The campaign will run half-page print advertisements to raise legislators’ awareness about Americans’ concerns over the need for legal reform. SickofLawsuits.org is planning a national television advertising buy for the fall to encourage citizens to help stop lawsuit abuse and protect America’s healthcare system.
“We are running the ads to let our representatives in Washington know that legal reform continues to be a major issue for Americans,” said Dr. Tobias- Merrill. “We hope Congress will protect our healthcare system from unscrupulous personal injury lawyers and frivolous lawsuits before it is too late.”
The national survey of 800 likely voters was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of SickofLawsuits.org during Aug. 16-18, 2005. The margin of error is + 3.5%.
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