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Senator Tom Coburn M.D. Actually Has Real Experience in Health Care. by The Elephant's Child
February 25, 2010, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Health Care | Tags: , ,

Senator Tom Coburn, a physician, made a strong case for tort reform. We can cut costs there by 15 percent, he says. That, in turn, will increase access. When health care costs 15% less, more people will find it affordable.

He argues that Medicaid has much higher rates of fraud than private plans, and makes the case for tackling lawsuit abuse, which spurs defensive medicine.

Obama claims that he has adopted “all the good ideas” on fraud and abuse, but that is not true. Democrats will do nothing to offend the trial lawyers who provide so much support for Democrats.

Max Baucus (D-MT) responded to the need for tort reform by pointing out that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius is working to come up with ways to end lawsuits “before they become bad lawsuits.” Whatever that means.
The problem is not simply lawsuits, but the extra tests and extra procedures that doctors and hospitals order to protect themselves from lawsuits.

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