Military Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider a bill today that would allow military personnel to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the military. The proposed law comes in the wake of the death of a marine as the result of the misdiagnosis of skin cancer by military doctors. The Feres Doctrine, named for a 1950 Supreme Court case, currently preventing people in the military from filing medical malpractice lawsuits.

Why should our military have the opportunity to bring the same claims anyone else can bring? I don’t want to minimize the costs; it is real money. But compared to the toll we are putting on our soldiers these days, it seems a small price to pay for a bit of justice.