Dr. Howard Dean Explains Why Health Care Bills Lack Tort Reform

Former Democratic National Chairman and governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, M.D., was a guest at U.S. Rep. Jim Moran’s town hall meeting in Reston, Va., last night. The D.C. public radio affiliate, WAMU, reports on the contentious meeting, including Dr. Dean’s comments on tort reform:

The reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on, and that is the plain and simple truth.

The sound clip is here.

UPDATE: (9:30 a.m.): Other coverage of the good doctor’s statement:

  • The Hill, “Vocal minority greet Howard Dean at town hall“: “Dean, a physician, did say that the bill doesn’t include tort reform because trial lawyers would oppose it. …’This bill has enough enemies,’ Dean said. ‘The people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else.'”
  • WSJ, “Shouting Activists Pack Rep. Moran’s Town Hall in Virginia“: “Mr. Dean answered a question about medical malpractice reform by saying it was too politically difficult to include it in the bill.”
  • Human Events, “Raucous and Staged Moran Town Hall in Reston, VA“: “Dean said tort reform wasn’t included in the health care reform bills because the bills already had enough special interest enemies and anymore enemies and the bill would not have been able to pass.  I am not making this up.”

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