Ted Rall for January 23, 2003
In May 2002 two biopsy samples were accidentally switched by the lab at United Hospital in St. Paul. Mistakenly believeing that she had cancer, doctors performed a double mastectomy on Linda McDougal, 46. (Doctor: Um, this is one of those good news/bad news things.) How much would you take to have your breasts cut off? If George W. Bush has his way. Linda McDougal could only collect $250,000 if she wins a pain-and-suffering lawsuit against the hospital. (George Bush: $125,000 per tit is more than enough!) Sure, it might seem a little harsh, but it's defending doctors from frivolous lawsuits that keeps medical care cheap! (Doctor 2: Wait- is this an appendectomy or a kidney transpant?) (Doctor 3: Who cares? It's only $250 an organ!