Thomas Ravenel on Health Care
President Bush is serious about federal tort reform, but he needs help in the filibustering-prone US Senate. We must enact similar tort reforms passed in certain states, such as TX & WV. There are regions of our country where there are 300 lawsuits for every 100 doctors. No matter that 85% of these suits fail; at $20,000-$40,000 a pop to put up a defense, doctors can't afford the sky-high insurance rates. Thus, doctors are becoming scarce in certain fields like obstetrics and neurosurgery. Meaningful tort reform will reduce medical liability premiums by 30%--and overall health insurance costs will surely drop. The largest contributors to the Democratic Party are the Trial Attorneys. Our struggle will be to overcome the Democratic opposition, which is determined to keep the trial attorneys in new yachts.
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