His wife Alexis Witt then sued the government hoping to overturn the Feres Doctrine which prevents military servicemen from suing the government for medical malpractice. When the 9th Circuit Federal Court in San Francisco confirmed it, she hoped to take it to the Supreme Court. Alas, the court declined to hear the case, which means the Feres Doctrine stands. The Congressional Budget Office had calculated that if the doctrine had been overturned, the feds could face hundreds of medical malpractice suits every year and suffer $2.7 billion in legal costs over ten years.
I'm sure the government is highly relieved. Imagine the huge costs this would incur on our already trillion dollar budget deficits if Feres had been declared unconstitutional. I guess the equal protection under the law guaranteed in the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not apply to the private medical sector of our country. Do I hear "Let them eat cake"? Have a happy Fourth of July everybody.