Medical Tort Reform

President Obama was booed this week at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago. He was booed by an audience that included America's leading medical experts for declaring he was "not advocating caps on malpractice awards." Many the experts know something that Obama doesn't.It costs a great deal of money, and as great or greater an amount of valuable time, for a medical practitioner to protect himself or herself against malpractice lawsuits. The amount of money involved may run as high as $100 billion a year. The president himself referred to the cost of "unnecessary tests and procedures as part of a ‘defensive' medicine culture created in part by the risk of medical malpractice lawsuits." He called the cost of health care "a threat to our economy" and "a ticking time-bomb." Strange then that a president who declares the nation is sitting atop a ticking time-bomb should declare off limits the most obvious...(Read Full Article)

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