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Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Posted by Jake
Malpractice bill dies in Senate

So I got good news and bad news.

Bad news. The Democrats killed a bill that is not only outwardly reasonable, but has been historically confirmed (see California) to restrain malpractice insurance prices. Here is my favorite explanation for why:

Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota also told reporters that the proposed cap would apply more broadly than to doctors. “Under that cap would also go HMOs, medical device manufacturers, hospitals, you name it, drug companies. ... This is more than just a doctor protection. This is a protection for anybody involved in health care delivery.”

How exactly is that bad? I mean I love to stick it to the drug companies as much as the next guy -- because I mean really, what have they been doing the last couple of years except extending life expectancy by decade or so -- but by what standard is an across the board reduction in operating cost (translated into an across the board cost reduction for consumers) a bad thing?

Good news. The Republicans just got the biggest club ever for the next election. What are these yahoos thinking? These laws are being passed in their home states already, so it is not like people don't want them.


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