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Sarah Palin To Barack Obama: No Health Care Reform Without Legal Reform.

Posted by Gary P Jackson on August 21, 2009

Sarah Palin has just hit on the one issue Obama and his death cult do not want to discuss, and that is tort reform. Out of control lawsuits, sky high malpractice insurance, and doctors running more tests than needed, just to cover their tails, is all part of the single largest expense in American health care that can easily be remedied.

Tort reform is key. To “fix” healthcare, without major tort reform, would be like going in to do open heart surgery on someone, but not actually working on the heart!

We all know the stories of the trial lawyers who have gotten rich with bogus lawsuits. One of the most egregious practitioners of these phony baloney lawsuits is newly minted baby daddy John Edwards. Edwards became a multi-millionaire ambulance chaser by specializing in suing on behalf of children with cerebral palsy.

Edwards, a shyster deluxe, even went so far to “channel” unborn babies during his courtroom antics. Thanks to this one unscrupulous attorney, malpractice insurance went through the roof, many doctors quit their specialties, or went bankrupt.

But even worse, cases of cesarean birth dramatically increased, as Edwards used his greed, and junk science to convince people that natural childbirth was the culprit and cause of all of these cases of cerebral palsy.

Now besides the extra costs involved, having a cesarean birth is dangerous for the mother, as infections can easily set in, and of course, recovery is longer. But who cares, John Edwards sure has a nice house, doesn’t he!

This is just one guy who cost hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies hundreds of millions of dollars during his career. There are lawyers like him all over the country just waiting for their next payday.

Turn on the television. If you watch for any length of time, you will see dozens of ads from big law firms actively seeking defendants for all sorts of cases. Not saying all of them are bogus, but when you see people resorting to advertising nationally for victims, you have to wonder just how big the problem truly is or isn’t, and conclude it’s all about the Benjamins!

Of course, another issue people overlook in this, is the fact that lawyers are so busy chasing high profile, big paydays, that many cases that are real get shoved aside because they won’t make the attorney a huge payday. Small cases don’t add a new wing to the family compound!

As a Texan, I can say that tort reform works. Texas passed major tort reform years ago, capping damages one could get for “pain and suffering.” They also beefed the medical boards to investigate doctors suspected of having issues.

The result? As Sarah points out, thousands of doctors have moved to Texas. This has had a huge impact, especially in rural areas. Where there were once shortages of doctors, now there is coverage.

I live in a hospital town, we are home to a hospital that started out in a log cabin, which is still on the grounds, that has grown into a regional system of hospitals and clinics, and even has it’s own health care insurance plan.

Seeing a doctor here is an easy, very friendly process. Even though the complex is huge, the effort is to make sure every patient has their own regular doctor who is able to meet their needs. Very user friendly.

It is also a teaching hospital and is part of the Texas A&M system.

This is what happens when government is responsible, then gets out of the way.

I agree with Sarah Palin 100% on tort reform. For Barack Obama and the rest of his communist party to talk about “health care reform” without tort reform is beyond ridiculous, and it borders on criminal.

Of course, we all know that actually “reforming” health care is the last thing on these people’s minds. This is all a big power grab, and an attempt to completely usurp the Constitution of the United States. Anyone who has actually read HR 3200 knows that monstrosity is nothing more than a gateway to a complete communist state. It is a liberty and freedom stealing document that needs to be burned!

Lets get serious and get behind Sarah Palin. No tort reform, no health care bill.

Here is Sarah’s statement from Facebook:

No Health Care Reform Without Legal Reform:

President Obama’s health care “reform” plan has met with significant criticism across the country. Many Americans want change and reform in our current health care system. We recognize that while we have the greatest medical care in the world, there are major problems that we must face, especially in terms of reining in costs and allowing care to be affordable for all. However, as we have seen, current plans being pushed by the Democratic leadership represent change that may not be what we had in mind — change which poses serious ethical concerns over the government having control over our families’ health care decisions. In addition, the current plans greatly increase costs of health care, while doing lip service toward controlling costs.

We need to address a REAL bipartisan reform proposition that will have REAL impacts on costs, and quality of patient care.

As Governor of Alaska, I learned a little bit about being a target for frivolous suits and complaints (Please, do I really need to footnote that?). I went my whole life without needing a lawyer on speed-dial, but all that changes when you become a target for opportunists and people with no scruples. Our nation’s health care providers have been the targets of similar opportunists for years, and they too have found themselves subjected to false, frivolous, and baseless claims. To quote a former president, “I feel your pain.”

So what can we do? First, we cannot have health care reform without tort reform. The two are intertwined. For example, one supposed justification for socialized medicine is the high cost of health care. As Dr. Scott Gottlieb recently noted, “If Mr. Obama is serious about lowering costs, he’ll need to reform the economic structures in medicine—especially programs like Medicare.” [1] Two examples of these “economic structures” are high malpractice insurance premiums foisted on physicians (and ultimately passed on to consumers as “high health care costs”) and the billions wasted on defensive medicine.

Dr. Stuart Weinstein, with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recently explained the problem:

“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?” [2]

Dr. Weinstein makes good points, points completely ignored by President Obama. Dr. Weinstein details the costs that our out-of-control tort system are causing the health care industry and notes research that “found that liability reforms could reduce defensive medicine practices, leading to a 5 percent to 9 percent reduction in medical expenditures without any effect on mortality or medical complications.” Dr. Weinstein writes:

“If the Kessler and McClellan estimates were applied to total U.S. healthcare spending in 2005, the defensive medicine costs would total between $100 billion and $178 billion per year. Add to this the cost of defending malpractice cases, paying compensation, and covering additional administrative costs (a total of $29.4 billion). Thus, the average American family pays an additional $1,700 to $2,000 per year in healthcare costs simply to cover the costs of defensive medicine.

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.” [3]

You would think that any effort to reform our health care system would include tort reform, especially if the stated purpose for Obama’s plan to nationalize our health care industry is the current high costs.

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 healthcare reform to benefit trial attorneys or patients?

Many states, including my own state of Alaska, have enacted caps on lawsuit awards against health care providers. Texas enacted caps and found that one county’s medical malpractice claims dropped 41 percent, and another study found a “55 percent decline” after reform measures were passed. [4] That’s one step in health care reform. Limiting lawyer contingency fees, as is done under the Federal Tort Claims Act, is another step.

The State of Alaska pioneered the “loser pays” rule in the United States, which deters frivolous civil law suits by making the loser partially pay the winner’s legal bills. Preventing quack doctors from giving “expert” testimony in court against real doctors is another reform.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry noted that, after his state enacted tort reform measures, the number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas “skyrocketed by 57 percent” and that the tort reforms “brought critical specialties to underserved areas.” These are real reforms that actually improve access to health care. [5]

Dr. Weinstein’s research shows that around $200 billion per year could be saved with legal reform. That’s real savings. That’s money that could be used to build roads, schools, or hospitals.

If you want to save health care, let’s listen to our doctors too. There should be no health care reform without legal reform. There can be no true health care reform without legal reform.

– Sarah Palin

[1] See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204409904574350370729883030.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

[2] See http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/nov08/managing7.asp

[3] Id.

[4] See http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/new_laws_and_med_mal_damage_caps_devastate_plaintiff_and_defense_firms_alik/print/

[5] See http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/OpEd-Contributor/Tort-reform-must-be-part-of-health-care-reform-8096175.html

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13 Responses to “Sarah Palin To Barack Obama: No Health Care Reform Without Legal Reform.”

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  2. huntingnarcissists said

    On August 15, 2009 the reports started to hit the airways of what I was sure to be the death nail in what should be the end of a Presidency. But with the way that the public is so glossy eyes at the silver tongued Conn artist who knows, Hitler may not be such a bad comparison Barny Frank.

    The President said that due to “waste and inefficiencies” he could compile a total of two thirds of the over $1.3 trillion dollar price tag this Wall Street bail out package called the “Public Option” that does not give options but takes away your rights to say “No, I do not want to pay for health care today”… Socialism at it’s finest given the same face as death by “Option” of a woman to “choose.” Amazing that they chose the same tact for health care as they do the death of over 50,000,000 American babies. Hey, didn’t we start this debate because 50,000,000 were “uninsured?”

    So by the Presidents own numbers, if we took the medical insurers off of the Stock Exchange and finally did something with campaign finance reform and took the Insurance companies out of Brack’s pockets… 230,000,000 Americans would have free health care right now. That’s 66.6% of folks that would not be up in arms, they’d be down at the Indian Casinos and paying back our Red man.

    Instead, we have Government holding over 66.6% of our insurance bills for the past several years in over taxation and blood money. Why do I say blood money? because “There will be blood” in a civil war if this is pushed through… President Barack Obama is raping you and that my dear ladies, is “Change you cannot trust.”

    Think about it, 230,000,000 people should have had their health care already paid for. and that would have been a windfall for the man. Imagine that, he knew the total amount of “free: health care and he is asking for more from us… President Obama is evil, a narcissist at best. You are more than welcome to disagree with me about the former, but in his words, “TWO THIRDS” of all US Citizens would have already had Health Care paid for. Instead, he wants me your employer to deduct the cost of this plan from your wages… For a “Public Option.”

    If you disagree with it, here is one of the 100’s of links available to you.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2009/08/15/cbs-uniquely-sees-democrats-orchestrating-pro-obama-town-hall-montana

  3. Rick Falls said

    We heard all about this during the campaign and now that every one is all cushy with their buds and the heat is off we totally ignore what was promised.

    The lawyer costs are the single biggest problem to most of Americas problems.

    This is a key first step. You are absolutely correct.

    It’s like they wouldn’t recognize a good idea that
    works and has proven itself if it slapped them in the face.

    I wish that any of the current elected leadership would “Man Up” to the real facts and start actually fixing things.

    Mostly by getting the hell out of the lives of productive people.

    I wish you had run without dead wood mccain trying to button up your great ideas and effectiveness.

    These yahoos are terrified of you ! I love it !

  4. Crltrnt said

    And the press painted you as stupid…this sounds pretty intelligent to me. Especially in light of the fact that the government run program cannot be sued…imagine that, whatever they screw up in your health care – you can’t make them culpable. Get rid of the frivolous lawsuits.

  5. Sara you are right again.There are countless commercials on TV of Lawyers or people referring lawyers it is insane.But the other thing people don’t realize is when they win their case the lawyer takes at least 35% if not alot more leaving them with nothing.There are greedy people wanting to sue to get their what they think is their Lottery Ticket in life so they don’t have to work.And then their are people like ones that spill hot coffee in their lap get burned and then win millions and then we pay for them not using common sense as consumers we pay more for that coffee because then the store has to post signs on their drive thru windows what the tempature of their hot beverages are and tell you its HOT that started a whole new era of lawsuits and the dumming down of americans who think of things to sue for and now you read of Judges suing dry cleaners because they lost his pants he lost but so did the business because they had such high legal fees for having to defend this stupid case they went bankrupt.This was a small family owned business the people started from scratch when they came to this country and they were good people and now they have nothing and probably still owe thousands in legal fees that was truely a disgrace.I think if people who bring these frivilouse suits knew it was a loser pays they would think twice.When you get money that is ill-gotten gain you will pay the price for that greed one way or another but they hurt alot of good hard working people and businesses just trying to provide a service to us and take care of their families thru that process and really the other people that pay the cost are we the consumers it is passed onto us but what do the lawyers and the people getting this money care they can afford the hike in prices but what about the rest of us who are honest hardworking Americans.I pray everyday for our Nation and our leaders that GOD would open their eyes to the harm they are doing to the people and the offices they hold.Thank you Sara for standing up and getting people motivated to do their part in the fight.I pray for you and your family along with Glenn and others that GOD will protect all of you and keep your voices out there to inform so WE THE PEOPLE have the facts to stand up too and fight the good fight they can’t depend on you alone they have to take action with that information.If each person did just a little something it would make a BIG difference.They shouldn’t think their voices arne’t being heard they are and the proof is in the HEADLINES in print on television so we are getting the messege out how we feel how they (drive by media) choose to put it out there is a whole different story but proves we are messing things up for THE ONE and his gang.We Americans may get knocked down but we don’t stay there and when we ALL get back up look out.With GOD BEFORE US WHOM CAN COME AGAINST US. NONE!!!

    With much love and prayers to you Sara and the family.
    Jean Weingartner,Fl

  6. George Thompson said

    Sarah you are right, this is what I have been saying all a long. Without tort reform costs will never come down I don’t think this been hammered home enough to the average person. So many people don’t realize just how much of their Dr. bills reflect the cost of malpractice insurance.

  7. txcowboyup said

    As an x insurance claims adjuster and claims manager, I have to agree with Ms Palin…..Included in thisneeds to be limitations set on treatments by Chiropractors who treat excessively victims of auto accidents…I’ve seen chiro bills as high as $50,000, and in most cases the injured person gets well as the coverage runs out…hmmm…miracle…lol…In almost all case the chiro does more spinal damage than the accident…Go Sarah….you’re right on with tort reform!

  8. John Burzenski said

    I have been hearing alot of good solutions to the problems with health care lately by different
    people in goverment.Sarah Palin has one of the best yet. Another idea was to let more insurance
    companies into states where they are limited so we would have more to selete from which would be lower cost to us. If someone could put these ideas togather,writen down and shown to the
    people,then the people could yell out to the goverment what we want.

  9. Larry Robinson said

    The problem is not insurance. it is the cost of medicine:

    – Patients, not doctors, pay for the cost of malpractice insurance in higher medical bills.

    – Pharmaceutical companies are allowed to ask the FDA to remove approval of their old drugs when they have a new drug approved. This removes competition from other companies making the old drug after the patent expires, raising drug prices.

    – Patents and copyrights remove competition for new drugs and procedures.

    – The existence of insurance raises the medical prices through lack of a demand curve.

    – Because AIDS patients can’t be discriminated against, hospitals have to discard as medical waste everything but the furniture in hospital rooms when changing patients. And medical equipment that used to be reused must be discarded as medical waste.

    – Why on earth is government paying medical schools to produce fewer doctors???? That is guaranteed to raise medical prices.

  10. steve ashcraft said

    Absolutely correct.

  11. mar said

    sarah palin is right!!!!!!!!!THINK AMERICA?

  12. Pat said

    you are fantastic,Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. toby said

    SO Awesome….I am starting to gain respect for the former governor. I like her style already.

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