After seven years of demanding comprehensive health care reform, Republicans are the dog that has finally caught the car. With control of the Presidency and both houses of Congress, the GOP now has the power to make its own healthcare policy. But while rolling back the ACA appears to be on hold at least for the moment, the GOP is moving full steam ahead on a draconian “reform” of medical malpractice law.
Republicans argue that limiting a patient’s right to bring suit if they are injured or maimed by a medical practitioner or device will improve the health care system by lowering costs. Doctors, the GOP claims, perform unnecessary procedures which provide little or no clinical benefit, to decrease the chance that they will be sued. This drives up the costs of health care for everyone. This being the case, the reasoning goes, tougher malpractice laws would benefit the entire system. Read more