Alex's Outlook

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

One of the few good things the Republicans are doing this year is medical malpractice reform, which will cap pain and suffering awards at $250,000 and hold down skyrocketing insurance costs for doctors. Unfortunately, the Democrats mowed down malpractice reform in the Senate today, 48-49. They only needed 41 to sustain a filibuster.

Since trial lawyers have choked up the legislative pipeline in DC, the states are doing something about it. Of the 19 "crisis" states, most of the Republican ones have debated or passed some kind of malpractice reform. Democratic governors are either caving and pushing some kind of reform or, like Bob Holden, they are carrying water for the trial lawyers. Most of them will be roadkill next November though.

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