Updated at 11:53 a.m. on Sept. 16.
Is state experimentation on medical malpractice reform the right solution?
In his Sept. 9 speech to Congress, President Obama attempted to appeal to Republicans by embracing a plan by President Bush to authorize demonstration projects in individual states to test approaches to malpractice reform. "I don't believe malpractice reform is a silver bullet, but I have talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs," he said. "So I am proposing that we move forward on a range of ideas about how to put patient safety first and let doctors focus on practicing medicine." Obama said he was directing his Secretary of Health and Human Services "to move forward on this initiative today."
In National Journal's regular poll of Congressional Insiders, 68 percent of the Democrats surveyed said they would support a health care reform package that included tort reform, compared to 34 percent of Republicans. The idea was opposed by 29 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of Republicans.
Could malpractice reform significantly reduce health care costs? Would you like to see malpractice reform be incorporated into health care reform?
Baucus Bill Would Cost $856 Billion
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., unveiled a health care reform plan Wednesday that would cost $856 billion over 10 years. The committee will begin consideration next week. Here are the details, as released from his office. What are your impressions?