Flashback: Santorum Caught in Malpractice Doubletalk

2005: Santorum's wife sued doctor for twice amount of the cap he supported.
3:33 | 02/14/12

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Transcript for Flashback: Santorum Caught in Malpractice Doubletalk
-- Who are these white coated rabble Rouse -- storming their way around our nation's capital. Taking on the light of doctors. Are. Now they're actually doctor. Who want to make it harder for patients to sue them for multi million dollar judgment. We need you something now to fix the medical liability problem in this country. And on this stage guess who's leading their charge -- of the most powerful Republicans in the senate Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum. That's the senate chamber right there on your left inside on the second floor right there is we're liability reform where lawsuit abuse. Has its does not get -- -- in court. Including curbs on lawsuits including caps on money for pain and suffering. Is one of senator santorum's favored issues. Here is again on the senate floor number one crisis in my state with health care and medical often abuse. So on to our surprise when we learned that the senator's wife has sued -- doctor. A chiropractor actually for half a million dollars back in 1999. Claiming a -- spinal manipulation led to back surgery pain and suffering. But what really surprised as well as the amount which is two times the -- senator Santorum has supported. The senator declined our last interview so we decided to the -- for being here. This -- -- -- -- ABC news fight and -- say -- Catch up with -- in the deciding for his new book I'm just wondering how that's consistent whether or not just it is the critical weather and accuracy in some -- double. Well I -- -- incidents who is number one it is that I have supported. Perhaps. Have been very clear that I'm not waited almost 250000 dollar cap and -- publicly. It I think. Probably that's somewhat long and if you need to look at what I think is a cap that it's a little bit higher than that. But in fact he sponsored or cosponsored. Half of 250000. Dollars to times. Why is his wife's case different. She has the right to do things that you know under her own under her own well but you did testify in support of her position Orson asked about my -- And their endeavors that doesn't necessarily. Agree that everything that. But she does but. He agreed enough to tell the jury that he had to carry the laundry upstairs for his wife and because she suffered humiliation from weight gain and coming up. She no longer have the confidence to help him on the campaign trail. The jury was so moved they voted to award -- Santorum. 350000. Dollars. How much of that was for pain and suffering and how much for the actual medical expenses. Password in your misled is that a lot of that there -- cumulative damages and medical bills plus income holdings of the things that were out there and. -- medical bills totaled 181800. Dollars so a 500000 dollar lawsuit when there's less than 20000 dollars in actual expenses. And -- come. The judge made no mention that when he slashed the jury's award in half saying it was excessive and not supported by the evidence in the case. Isn't this exactly what the senator says he's against. I don't think a double talk. I -- explained very clear otherwise not know. We'll let you decide.

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