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Palin: Can't have health care reform without medical malpractice reform

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Angus, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Palin: Can't have health care reform without medical malpractice reform
    By: Mark Tapscott
    Editorial Page Editor
    08/21/09 12:19 PM EDT

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has again taken to her Facebook page, again to position herself on a key aspect of the national debate over health care reform. Last week, it was on the "death panels" Palin believes will inevitably result if Obamacare becomes law.

    This week, Palin takes on another aspect of the debate and stakes out a position that seems designed to highlight one of the biggest weaknesses of President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders - their dependance upon trial lawyers for funding.

    Palin notes the inextricable link between controlling health care costs and getting spiralling medical malpractice insurance premiums under control, and quotes from a recent oped in The Washington Examiner by Texas Gov. Rick Perry discussing his state's success in lowering costs and expanding access by capping malpractice awards.

    Palin also quotes extensively from research by Dr. Stuart Weinstein of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, including this graph:

    ”The medical liability crisis has had many unintended consequences, most notably a decrease in access to care in a growing number of states and an increase in healthcare costs. Access is affected as physicians move their practices to states with lower liability rates and change their practice patterns to reduce or eliminate high-risk services. When one considers that half of all neurosurgeons—as well as one third of all orthopedic surgeons, one third of all emergency physicians, and one third of all trauma surgeons—are sued each year, is it any wonder that 70 percent of emergency departments are at risk because they lack available on-call specialist coverage?”

    She also quotes Weinstein's observations concerning the financial impact of medical malpractice costs on families:

    "Excessive litigation and waste in the nation’s current tort system imposes an estimated yearly tort tax of $9,827 for a family of four and increases healthcare spending in the United States by $124 billion. How does this translate to individuals? The average obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) delivers 100 babies per year. If that OB-GYN must pay a medical liability premium of $200,000 each year (which is the rate in Florida), $2,000 of the delivery cost for each baby goes to pay the cost of the medical liability premium.”

    Palin then asks Obama:

    "So I have new questions for the president: Why no legal reform? Why continue to encourage defensive medicine that wastes billions of dollars and does nothing for the patients? Do you want health care reform to benefit trial attorneys or patients?"

    Obama was asked about his position on medical malpractice caps when he addressed the American Medical Association in June. He said he opposed inclusion of such caps in the health care reform legislation making its way through Congress.

    No surprise there because Obama and congressional Democrats, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are captive to the American Association for Justice, the class-action plaintiffs lawyers' trade association and Washington lobbying outlet.

    As the Examiner's David Freddoso noted last week:

    An Examiner analysis of the 15 firms on the National Law Journal's "2008 Plaintiff's Hot List" shows that for 2009, their employees have contributed $636,305 to federal politicians and PACs. Only $4,875 of that amount has gone to Republicans, meaning that the nation's top trial lawyers are giving more than 99 percent Democratic this year. The PAC for the American Association of Justice, the top trial lawyer lobbying group, has been marginally more balanced, giving Democrats a mere 96 percent of its $627,000 in contributions.

    These trial lawyers are especially concentrating on the Senate. Members of those same 15 firms have given $236,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee this year. And trial lawyers know that the Senate is controlled by one of their own -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who faces a potentially difficult re-election. Reid has taken in some $54,000 from the top 15 firms. According to OpenSecrets, he has taken $978,000 from the legal industry as a whole.

    For what's it worth, Obama handily defeated Palin in a recent survey matching the incumbent against each of his potential GOP challengers for the 2012 presidential campaign, drawing 56 percent support compared to her 37 percent.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/o...hout-medical-malpractice-reform-53949082.html
  2. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    I agree with Sarah again
  3. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives.

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    Ditto !
  4. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    That woman knows what's up.
  5. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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  6. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    very valid points.

    so you give people insurance.

    you didn't change the problem, only gave more people access to it.
  7. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

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    Agreed. Lets fix that too.
  8. Rackat

    Rackat Active Member

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  9. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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  10. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Power to her!

    :D
  11. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

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    Using that metric, Danica Patrick is the best race car driver in the world. :rolleyes:
  12. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Too bad Danica cannot win races based on people's votes.
  13. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

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    And too bad Palin won't win elections based on people wanting to see her naked.
  14. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    You have already done enough damage to your credibility.
    Stop it.
  15. TheRat

    TheRat The Silly Willy

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    I don't think she knows anything.
  16. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    this is just a stupid thing to say. period.
  17. MetalHead

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    He's done worse...believe me.
  18. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

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    Just making a point. Apparently it went over your head. My bad.

    Palin is smokin' hot. Dumb as a dolt? Yes. But dead sexy to me, and just about every other man out there.

    So when someone implies that because she got more facebook friends last week than Romney and Jindal combined, you have to ask yourself if she looked like Hillary, do you really think she'd have as many?

    If you say yes, you're either lying, or you got a 4 on your SAT score.

    Do you think Anna Kournakova got so many hits on the internet because people wanted to learn how to hit a backhand? Or was it because she was a great tennis player? Or could it be that it was because she was smokin hot?

    Same with Danica. Nothing special about her whatsoever on a racetrack. But smokin hot.

    If a homemade porn video came out tomorrow of Palin, the sales would be astronomical. And you've have fools in here thinking it was because people agreed with her politics. :rolleyes:
  19. Rackat

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    You have a degree in what?

    Which college did you attend?

    How many public offices have you held?

    When was the last time that you made a decision that effected more than 10000 people?

    Have you ever been elected to more than a high school club such as FFA or HOSA?

    I think Sarah Palin has you beat....by a lot.
  20. SuspectCorner

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