November 1, 2009

Healthscare Bill HR Tort Reform? You must be joking?

Here's a recently discovered butt-smooch  from The Wicked Witch of the West's 20-pounder to the tort lawyers:
The health care bill recently unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is over 1,900 pages for a reason. It is much easier to dispense goodies to favored interest groups if they are surrounded by a lot of legislative legalese. For example, check out this juicy morsel to the trial lawyers (page 1431-1433 of the bill):
Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages.
..courtesy of Breitbart by way of Drudge.


  1. This is a tort reform joke! Pelosi's notion of tort reform doesn't include caps or addressing attorneys' fees. What kind of tort reform does she have in mind? In addition, states like Ohio who have enacted tort reform are not eligible for incentives. They are punished for having done the right thing. Great Democratic philosophy - punish success. See under Legal Quality category.

  2. Doctor Kirsch,

    It's an honor to have you comment; that's the point of the post. I must tell you that I am one of the 85% who love their health care and would probably prefer to pay less for it right up until I consider how hard MDs work and whatever income they make is trivial considering the noble way they carry out their mission.

    Personally, I belong to an HMO whose Docs I have the greatest respect. Their attention to the details on my care and treatment are singularly impressive. The thought of injecting government bureaucracy between them or subjecting them to the threat of malfeasance litigation is abhorrent.

    I will link your blog and sncerely hope you will return and offer your insight.


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