In 2003, insurance companies and medical interest groups spent millions upon millions of dollars strongly urging voters to pass Proposition 12, a constitutional amendment that limits the money patients or their survivors get in medical malpractice lawsuits.

These groups claimed that “frivolous” lawsuits were the cause of insurance rates skyrocketing, which resulting in many Texas doctors fleeing the state. The tort reform campaigned claimed that passing Proposition 12 would bring doctors in to Texas, as they would no longer have to fear high premiums for Texas medical malpractice insurance.

It turns out, the campaign didn’t deliver on its promise.

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