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Senate Debates Medical Malpractice Caps

The Senate begins debate on a new bill that would cap some damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill, like one the Senate debated last summer, isn't expected to pass. But both sides hope to use it to score political points. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.

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Julie Rovner is a health policy correspondent for NPR specializing in the politics of health care.Reporting on all aspects of health policy and politics, Rovner covers the White House, Capitol Hill, the Department of Health and Human Services in addition to issues around the country. She served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.