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Palin: No health care reform without legal reform

 
 
Reply Sat 22 Aug, 2009 01:29 am
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President Obama's health care "reform" plan has met with significant criticism across the country. Many Americans want change and reform in our current health care system. We recognize that while we have the greatest medical care in the world, there are major problems that we must face, especially in terms of reining in costs and allowing care to be affordable for all. However, as we have seen, current plans being pushed by the Democratic leadership represent change that may not be what we had in mind -- change which poses serious ethical concerns over the government having control over our families’ health care decisions. In addition, the current plans greatly increase costs of health care, while doing lip service toward controlling costs.

We need to address a REAL bipartisan reform proposition that will have REAL impacts on costs, and quality of patient care.

As Governor of Alaska, I learned a little bit about being a target for frivolous suits and complaints (Please, do I really need to footnote that?). I went my whole life without needing a lawyer on speed-dial, but all that changes when you become a target for opportunists and people with no scruples. Our nation’s health care providers have been the targets of similar opportunists for years, and they too have found themselves subjected to false, frivolous, and baseless claims. To quote a former president, “I feel your pain.”

So what can we do? First, we cannot have health care reform without tort reform. The two are intertwined. For example, one supposed justification for socialized medicine is the high cost of health care. As Dr. Scott Gottlieb recently noted, “If Mr. Obama is serious about lowering costs, he'll need to reform the economic structures in medicine"especially programs like Medicare.” [1] Two examples of these “economic structures” are high malpractice insurance premiums foisted on physicians (and ultimately passed on to consumers as “high health care costs”) and the billions wasted on defensive medicine.

Dr. Stuart Weinstein, with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recently explained the problem:

”The medical liability crisis has had many unintended consequences, most notably a decrease in access to care in a growing number of states and an increase in healthcare costs. Access is affected as physicians move their practices to states with lower liability rates and change their practice patterns to reduce or eliminate high-risk services. When one considers that half of all neurosurgeons"as well as one third of all orthopedic surgeons, one third of all emergency physicians, and one third of all trauma surgeons"are sued each year, is it any wonder that 70 percent of emergency departments are at risk because they lack available on-call specialist coverage?” [2]

Dr. Weinstein makes good points, points completely ignored by President Obama. Dr. Weinstein details the costs that our out-of-control tort system are causing the health care industry and notes research that “found that liability reforms could reduce defensive medicine practices, leading to a 5 percent to 9 percent reduction in medical expenditures without any effect on mortality or medical complications.” Dr. Weinstein writes:

“If the Kessler and McClellan estimates were applied to total U.S. healthcare spending in 2005, the defensive medicine costs would total between $100 billion and $178 billion per year. Add to this the cost of defending malpractice cases, paying compensation, and covering additional administrative costs (a total of $29.4 billion). Thus, the average American family pays an additional $1,700 to $2,000 per year in healthcare costs simply to cover the costs of defensive medicine. Excessive litigation and waste in the nation’s current tort system imposes an estimated yearly tort tax of $9,827 for a family of four and increases healthcare spending in the United States by $124 billion. How does this translate to individuals? The average obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) delivers 100 babies per year. If that OB-GYN must pay a medical liability premium of $200,000 each year (which is the rate in Florida), $2,000 of the delivery cost for each baby goes to pay the cost of the medical liability premium.” [3]

You would think that any effort to reform our health care system would include tort reform, especially if the stated purpose for Obama’s plan to nationalize our health care industry is the current high costs.

So I have new questions for the president: Why no legal reform? Why continue to encourage defensive medicine that wastes billions of dollars and does nothing for the patients? Do you want healthcare reform to benefit trial attorneys or patients?

Many states, including my own state of Alaska, have enacted caps on lawsuit awards against health care providers. Texas enacted caps and found that one county’s medical malpractice claims dropped 41 percent, and another study found a “55 percent decline” after reform measures were passed. [4] That’s one step in health care reform. Limiting lawyer contingency fees, as is done under the Federal Tort Claims Act, is another step. The State of Alaska pioneered the “loser pays” rule in the United States, which deters frivolous civil law suits by making the loser partially pay the winner’s legal bills. Preventing quack doctors from giving “expert” testimony in court against real doctors is another reform. Texas Gov. Rick Perry noted that, after his state enacted tort reform measures, the number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas “skyrocketed by 57 percent” and that the tort reforms “brought critical specialties to underserved areas.” These are real reforms that actually improve access to health care. [5]

Dr. Weinstein’s research shows that around $200 billion per year could be saved with legal reform. That’s real savings. That’s money that could be used to build roads, schools, or hospitals. If you want to save health care, let’s listen to our doctors too. There should be no health care reform without legal reform. There can be no true health care reform without legal reform.

- Sarah Palin
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 22 Aug, 2009 12:16 pm
@gungasnake,
Pretty obvious really.
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DontTreadOnMe
 
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Reply Sat 22 Aug, 2009 01:31 pm
@gungasnake,
gungasnake wrote:

...As Governor of Alaska, I learned a little bit about being a target for frivolous suits and complaints ...


and that is all she learned ? yet she believes her arrogant ass is ready for the big chair in the white house?

what a ******* joke. anybody that buys into her bullshit is too stupid to be allowed a vote.

seriously...
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 07:50 am
I've mentioned this before...

There actually are a handful of things which government could do which would vastly improve the situation with health care in the US, and all of these things amount to what TR used to call "trust busting", and not to the sort of commie style takeover of every aspect of our lives which democrats are proposing, and by far the most major of these things is eliminating medical lawsuits.

You'd have to simultaneously establish some general fund to compensate real victims of malpractice for actual damage, and a system for weeding out bad doctors.

The problem of course is that the trial lawyers' guild is one of the two major sources of funding for the dem party, the other being unions and especially govt. worker unions and it doesn't help that most pubbie pols also started their careers off as lawyers..

Sarah Palin is the American politician who has recognized the problem and stated it.


DontTreadOnMe
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 01:56 pm
@gungasnake,
gungasnake wrote:


There actually are a handful of things which government could do which would vastly improve the situation with health care in the US, .....and by far the most major of these things is eliminating medical lawsuits.

so, everybody was healthier before medical lawsuits ? really.

You'd have to simultaneously establish some general fund to compensate real victims of malpractice for actual damage, and a system for weeding out bad doctors.

there is such a fund. several in fact. they are called insurance companies. they sell malpractice insurance. and my pal Dave bitches and complains every year when he makes out his check. but he grudgingly admits that's better than losing both of his houses if something goes wrong.

you aren't suggesting that the government get involved and put those insurance companies out of business are you? why, why... that would be <GASP!>... Socialism!!!



The problem of course is that the trial lawyers' guild is one of the two major sources of funding for the dem party, the other being unions and especially govt. worker unions and it doesn't help that most pubbie pols also started their careers off as lawyers..

are you saying that these people are not entitled to make a living? while i give you credit for acknowleding that many republicans started out as lawyers, it appears now that there's a whole slew of them that started out as Doctors... no special interest or lobbies in that area is there? naw, couldn't be.


Sarah Palin is the American politician who has recognized the problem and stated it.

no. what she did is parrot the views of the American Enterprise Institute; who also can be thanked for cooking up the Iraq war with their brethren at PNAC.

thanks but no thanks for that bridge to palinville. it is sooo nowhere... Laughing

gungasnake
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 02:20 pm
@DontTreadOnMe,
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There actually are a handful of things which government could do which would vastly improve the situation with health care in the US, .....and by far the most major of these things is eliminating medical lawsuits.

so, everybody was healthier before medical lawsuits ? really.


Lawyering doubles or triples the basic cost of medicine in America. That cannot possibly make anybody healthier than they would otherwise be.
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