This week will be the start of a push for Dear Leader to “go it alone” on health care reform, even though you and I both know they’ve been going it alone from the beginning. There’s been no attempt towards actual “bi-partisanship,” just a party who wants Republican cover to force a bill down the throats of American people because they don’t have the balls to just say, “We know you don’t like this, but you’re too stupid to know what’s for you, so just deal with it.”
If there were any actual bi-partisanship, Tort Reform, or “malpractice reform” would be on the table. This would never happen of course since President Obama, much like with the labor unions, is afraid to stand up to Democrat special interest groups like the trial lawyers. Point of fact: just look at the part of the Cap and Tax bill that says people can sue if they feel their life has been “impacted by global warming.”
It’s a shame because there seems to be bi-partisan support for Tort Reform. We have Fred Barnes from the right…
Tort reform remains a key to paring costs. The president can make a stab at directly cutting back spending on health care, but that’s bound to add to the political unpopularity of Obamacare and is unlikely to pass even an overwhelmingly Democratic Congress. In particular, shrinking Medicare spending is a nonstarter, given the furious opposition of seniors. Tort reform, in contrast, has the advantage of being popular. It would put sensible limits on medical malpractice lawsuits that have flooded the courts and forced doctors to practice “defensive” medicine. Studies of the effects of such medicine put its price tag at a minimum of $100 billion a year and probably more than $200 billion.
And we have your Bill Bradley from the left…
Since the days of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have wanted legal reform, believing that our economic competitiveness is being shackled by the billions we spend annually on tort costs; an estimated 10 cents of every health care dollar paid by individuals and companies goes for litigation and defensive medicine. For Republicans, tort reform and its health care analogue, malpractice reform, speak to the goal of stronger economic growth and lower costs. The bipartisan trade-off in a viable health care bill is obvious: Combine universal coverage with malpractice tort reform in health care.
The ball is in your court, Champ.