Battle-lines . . .

. . . are drawing closer. Not only in Florida, but also in three other states:

Rivaling Bush vs. Kerry for bitterness, doctors and trial lawyers are squaring off this fall in an unprecedented four-state struggle over limiting malpractice awards. The volatile issue is in voters’ hands and each side is desperate to win, spending millions of dollars to make their cases and portray the other side as greedy.

In all four states – Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming – doctors and health insurers pushed to get measures on the Nov. 2 ballot, and trial lawyers are campaigning hard for a “No” vote.

“We have open warfare here with the personal injury lawyers,” said Larry Matheis of the Nevada State Medical Association. “It’s a national test of whether, in trying to solve the devastating medical liability crisis, we have to go directly to the people.”

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