McConnell and Senate Republicans have made accountability reform a top priority in upcoming negotiations over the next coronavirus relief plan.
The problem has grown as the economy slowly emerges from the disastrous effects of COVID-19. McConnell insists the next relief bill will contain provisions protecting institutions that will likely include businesses, colleges, schools, churches and healthcare facilities that would only be legally liable for “gross negligence and willful misconduct.” “.
The shield would be retroactive from December 2019 and would run until 2024, or at the end of an emergency declaration issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
As proposed, the protection would give federal courts jurisdiction over personal injury or medical liability lawsuits related to coronavirus infections, preventing lawsuits in state courts, where business groups have warned of unequal laws.
Considerable Democratic resistance is expected in both the House and the Senate. Meanwhile, the White House is currently reviewing the proposal.