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Gov. Doug Ducey reacts to health care bill defeat; wants cap placed on malpractice damages

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

Gov. Doug Ducey wants Congress to adopt limits on what jurors can award to medical-malpractice victims, a cap that Arizona voters have previously rejected multiple times.

Ducey told Capitol Media Services that a limit on damages should be part of anything that becomes a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. He said some of the high cost of health care in Arizona can be blamed on high malpractice insurance premiums and awards to patients who sue.

The governor’s comments came as the U.S. Senate killed the last-ditch effort by Republican leaders to repeal what has become known as “Obamacare.” Sen. John McCain cast the deciding vote on the “skinny repeal” plan that would have annulled the Affordable Care Act with a promise to come up with something else later.

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