Opposition has emerged to a bipartisan bill before Congress that would provide targeted and limited liability protections to physicians and other health care professionals delivering care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Arguments being used against the legislation, however, are easily rebutted.
The Coronavirus Provider Protection Act, H.R. 7059, was introduced in the House by Tennessee Republican Phil Roe, MD, and California Democrat Lou Correa and it has the support of nine co-sponsors (five Republican, four Democrats), the AMA and more than 130 national, state and medical specialty organizations.
“Physicians and other health care professionals are putting themselves at risk every day while facing shortages of medical supplies and safety equipment, as well as changing directives and guidance from all levels of government,” then-AMA President Patrice A. Harris,