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Deadly Tumors, Surgical Lapses: Troops Court Trump in Bid to Sue

July 30, 2019, 3:02 PM

Congress is closer than ever to toppling a seven-decade-old legal ban on U.S. troops suing over military medical malpractice, and advocates see President Donald Trump‘s recent encounter with a terminally ill Green Beret as possibly giving the campaign a decisive push.

Trump’s support could sway the Republican-controlled Senate to support a provision in the House Democratic majority’s version of the annual defense policy bill that would create an exemption to the Federal Tort Claims Act, allowing troops to file malpractice suits in federal court. Because the Pentagon opposes the change, White House support could be crucial as the House...

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