Comments on: In Gesture of Bipartisanship, President Obama to Discuss Medical Malpractice Reform Tonight http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/ The latest Politics news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers including Jake Tapper, George Stephanopoulos and more. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:42:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: The Political and Financial Markets Commentator http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150434 The Political and Financial Markets Commentator Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:06:30 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150434 I didn't hear anything but one gratuitous statement on tort reform. If you look at the contrinbutions of the AAJ on my blog, and who it is the direct the buulk of their funds to, tort reform is a non-starter. Just more Obama rhetoric versus reality. Mike Haltman I didn’t hear anything but one gratuitous statement on tort reform. If you look at the contrinbutions of the AAJ on my blog, and who it is the direct the buulk of their funds to, tort reform is a non-starter.
Just more Obama rhetoric versus reality.
Mike Haltman

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By: Jeff Smith http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150431 Jeff Smith Sat, 12 Sep 2009 03:41:18 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150431 GOP proposals on medical malpractice reform are and always have been insincere, immoral, even deadly. They all mis the point. This is because they do not address actual "malpractice" itself which cost lives. They merely target the fallout in terms of money costs from resulting lawsuits. A decade ago we leadned that medical malpractice is the THIRD leading cause of death in the U.S. (JAMA) (Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000). Nothing has changed since. Perhaps instead of capping the resulting lawsuits they could reduce actual malpractice and savings would follow. That would be a proposal we could actually "live" with. However, I would never expect GOP right-wing ideology to be distracted by facts. GOP proposals on medical malpractice reform are and always have been insincere, immoral, even deadly. They all mis the point. This is because they do not address actual “malpractice” itself which cost lives. They merely target the fallout in terms of money costs from resulting lawsuits. A decade ago we leadned that medical malpractice is the THIRD leading cause of death in the U.S. (JAMA) (Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000). Nothing has changed since. Perhaps instead of capping the resulting lawsuits they could reduce actual malpractice and savings would follow. That would be a proposal we could actually “live” with. However, I would never expect GOP right-wing ideology to be distracted by facts.

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By: moderate http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150427 moderate Thu, 10 Sep 2009 19:57:07 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150427 talmag, it is not true that nothing the president does can satisfy me. I was glad to see him give credit to John McCain for a good idea. I was glad to see him talk about tort reform. But let's be clear. The tort reform talk was the tiniest of bones. A pilot program? Really? Still, I do think it was a step in the right direction to acknowledge that it was a way to cut costs and improve services. I gave him credit for bringing it up even as I expressed disappointment that he was satisfied with so little in this regard, even as he admitted that it would be a money saving move. You say he would accept more Republican suggestions if they would come to the table. I take issue with that idea, because while his words were, "My door is always open," his actions have been quite different. Yes, he has reached out to Olympia Snowe-- ONE republican senator. But he has not invited republican leaders to the white house to talk about what they would want in the bills. He has not sat down with Enzi or Coburn or Cantor, for example. He made a point of having Democratic Senators who are not firmly in his camp yet to the White House today. He did not have a similar sit-down with Republicans like McCain, whose idea he praised last night, and other moderate Republicans (there are more moderate republican senators than moderate republican representatives, percentage wise, so he can find a number of centrists in the senate to work with, if he wants) So he can keep telling me he'll listen to good republican ideas, but I'm still waiting to see he give them the opportunity to share those with him. talmag, it is not true that nothing the president does can satisfy me. I was glad to see him give credit to John McCain for a good idea. I was glad to see him talk about tort reform.
But let’s be clear. The tort reform talk was the tiniest of bones. A pilot program? Really? Still, I do think it was a step in the right direction to acknowledge that it was a way to cut costs and improve services. I gave him credit for bringing it up even as I expressed disappointment that he was satisfied with so little in this regard, even as he admitted that it would be a money saving move.
You say he would accept more Republican suggestions if they would come to the table. I take issue with that idea, because while his words were, “My door is always open,” his actions have been quite different. Yes, he has reached out to Olympia Snowe– ONE republican senator. But he has not invited republican leaders to the white house to talk about what they would want in the bills. He has not sat down with Enzi or Coburn or Cantor, for example.
He made a point of having Democratic Senators who are not firmly in his camp yet to the White House today. He did not have a similar sit-down with Republicans like McCain, whose idea he praised last night, and other moderate Republicans (there are more moderate republican senators than moderate republican representatives, percentage wise, so he can find a number of centrists in the senate to work with, if he wants) So he can keep telling me he’ll listen to good republican ideas, but I’m still waiting to see he give them the opportunity to share those with him.

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By: Foxes and Henhouses http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150423 Foxes and Henhouses Thu, 10 Sep 2009 19:29:50 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150423 Now Obama says he's going to study the issue. "I am directing my Secretary of Health and Human Services to move forward on this initiative today," he said. That would be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, whose resume includes eight years as director of the Kansas TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION. So Obama has chosen a former trial lawyer industry lobbyist to run tort reform. Why are people so cynical about health care reform? Now Obama says he’s going to study the issue. “I am directing my Secretary of Health and Human Services to move forward on this initiative today,” he said.
That would be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, whose resume includes eight years as director of the Kansas TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION.
So Obama has chosen a former trial lawyer industry lobbyist to run tort reform.
Why are people so cynical about health care reform?

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By: drjohn http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150419 drjohn Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:16:08 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150419 This is a joek. There is no way on Earth Democrats will entertain tort reform. There'll be a bunch of blather about it, and the network news sources will tell us that Obama is all for tort reform. He will be lying, of course. I guarantee nothing will come of it. This is a joek. There is no way on Earth Democrats will entertain tort reform. There’ll be a bunch of blather about it, and the network news sources will tell us that Obama is all for tort reform.
He will be lying, of course.
I guarantee nothing will come of it.

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By: talmag http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150417 talmag Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:22:17 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150417 Moderate: I can see that nothing the president does can satisfy you or the republicans. He accepted two of the suggestions made by republicans and would maybe accept more if they came to the table. Unfortunately, we will never know because they won't work with him. They would rather see thousands of people without insurance than work with a president who is trying. Remember, he has to keep his party happy too and this is a fine line. I have been to Rep congressman Tom Price's office twice and was told they would not work with his plan. Their plan is more for the insurance companies than the general public. How insane have we become when politics is more important than making things happen. That is why so few things get accomplished...both parties are guilty. Moderate: I can see that nothing the president does can satisfy you or the republicans. He accepted two of the suggestions made by republicans and would maybe accept more if they came to the table. Unfortunately, we will never know because they won’t work with him. They would rather see thousands of people without insurance than work with a president who is trying. Remember, he has to keep his party happy too and this is a fine line. I have been to Rep congressman Tom Price’s office twice and was told they would not work with his plan. Their plan is more for the insurance companies than the general public. How insane have we become when politics is more important than making things happen. That is why so few things get accomplished…both parties are guilty.

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By: batterie http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150413 batterie Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:49:08 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150413 In his speech tonight, the president shouldn’t forget tort reform.” (John Avlon of the Manhattan Institute, City Journal ). P.S. Maybe he was listening. In his speech tonight , Obama made a non-trivial gesture toward critics’ views on the subject, acknowledging that defensive medicine drives up costs and “prompting an eruption of applause from Republicans at Wednesday’s joint session of Congress. In his speech tonight, the president shouldn’t forget tort reform.” (John Avlon of the Manhattan Institute, City Journal ). P.S. Maybe he was listening. In his speech tonight , Obama made a non-trivial gesture toward critics’ views on the subject, acknowledging that defensive medicine drives up costs and “prompting an eruption of applause from Republicans at Wednesday’s joint session of Congress.

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By: moderate http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150409 moderate Thu, 10 Sep 2009 02:13:55 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150409 Pete, Nephron, X, thanks for speaking up based on your own experiences. Tort reform is necessary to reduce health care costs. Pete, I sympathize with your situation. I have friends who are ER doctors and I don't know how they do what you guys do. Keep up the good work. I recently went to the ER with chest pains and an elevated BP that would not go down. I am a heart patient with multiple stents, so I knew the rules-- when in doubt, go to the ER. I had also had a thallium stress test within weeks of the visit and worked out in rehab the day before. An EKG showed no active heart attack, my BP finally began to subside and my chest pains went away. Still, they kept me for several more hours and not only did extensive blood work but sent me for a chest x-ray we all knew would not show heart failure. The visit cost my insurance company, and ultimately me, a lot of money and most of it was money spent on redundant and/or unneccessary tests "to be on the safe side." Translation-- to avoid a lawsuit. Defensive doctoring. We need to get a handle on it. Pete, Nephron, X, thanks for speaking up based on your own experiences. Tort reform is necessary to reduce health care costs.
Pete, I sympathize with your situation. I have friends who are ER doctors and I don’t know how they do what you guys do. Keep up the good work.
I recently went to the ER with chest pains and an elevated BP that would not go down. I am a heart patient with multiple stents, so I knew the rules– when in doubt, go to the ER. I had also had a thallium stress test within weeks of the visit and worked out in rehab the day before. An EKG showed no active heart attack, my BP finally began to subside and my chest pains went away. Still, they kept me for several more hours and not only did extensive blood work but sent me for a chest x-ray we all knew would not show heart failure. The visit cost my insurance company, and ultimately me, a lot of money and most of it was money spent on redundant and/or unneccessary tests “to be on the safe side.” Translation– to avoid a lawsuit. Defensive doctoring. We need to get a handle on it.

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By: tanarg http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150406 tanarg Thu, 10 Sep 2009 02:11:52 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150406 What did he mean by "my bill"? HR3200? If so, that speech was just more lies. If not, where's he hiding "his" bill? Hm? What did he mean by “my bill”? HR3200? If so, that speech was just more lies. If not, where’s he hiding “his” bill? Hm?

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By: moderate http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150402 moderate Thu, 10 Sep 2009 02:05:56 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2009/09/in-gesture-of-bipartisanship-president-obama-to-discuss-medical-malpractice-reform-tonight/#comment-150402 Well, darn, listened to the speech and the bone he threw the republicans on tort reform was itsy-bitsy. A pilot program to test the idea? Nonsense. We're not pilot programming Democrat proposals, right? So he didn't scare his lawyers buddies one bit with that little throw-away paragraph. Darn, I actually had my hopes raised. Well, darn, listened to the speech and the bone he threw the republicans on tort reform was itsy-bitsy. A pilot program to test the idea? Nonsense. We’re not pilot programming Democrat proposals, right?
So he didn’t scare his lawyers buddies one bit with that little throw-away paragraph. Darn, I actually had my hopes raised.

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