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Bush Calls for Lawsuit Limits in Collinsville, Ill.

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President Bush speaks in Collinsville. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

Collinsville, Ill. – The President visited Madison County, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

Advocates of legal reform say doctors are leaving this area in droves because frivolous lawsuits are driving up the cost of malpractice insurance.

Mr. Bush used the stop to ask Congress to put a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering awards.

"Medical liability reform is a national issue, and it requires a national solution," the president said.

Mr. Bush said victims of malpractice should still get their day in court.

But one attorney who studied damage caps already on the books in several states says they've done nothing to lower the cost of insurance.

To hear a report from KWMU's Matt Sepic about the trip - which aired Thursday morning -
click here --->

To hear a report from Marketplace's Hillary Wicai as it aired on Tuesday, click here.

KWMU's Matt Sepic was a guest on Chicago Public Radio on Tuesday, speaking about the President's trip and Madison County. To hear that interview with Chicago Public Radio's Melba Lara, click here --->

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