Measuring Good-Faith Contributions to Health Care Debate

By February 25, 2010Briefly Legal, Health Care

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) in Politico, “Bipartisan health care reform must include tort reform“:

The unsustainable path of rising costs is a serious national problem. Currently, health care spending exceeds $2.5 trillion per year. By 2019, it is expected to top $4.7 trillion per year. Any hope for cost containment would involve comprehensive medical malpractice reform to end the practice of defensive medicine, close the loopholes that allow frivolous lawsuits to clog up the system, and set reasonable limits on jury awards.

Compare that tone to a news release from the American Association for Justice:

“Opponents of reform have repeatedly attacked injured patients and used the malpractice issue to hijack the health care debate,” said AAJ President Anthony Tarricone. “If health care reform makes medicine safer, then fewer patients will need legal recourse – a win for everyone. But it is unconscionable to tell injured patients that they should be left with no recourse if injured through no fault of their own.”

Advocates of tort reform have repeatedly attacked injured patients? That’s just ugly and shameless.

We’ve had a few posts on the medical liability issues involved in health care reform and the Blair House event at Point of

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