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Republicans skeptical of their own tort reform idea

In his speech to Congress on health reform President Obama agreed to give federal grants to states for developing new ideas on how to reform the medical malpractice system.

Republicans immediately expressed skepticism. From where did this idea of state-level grants arise? Turns out the proposal is included in the Republican health reform bill in Congress co-sponsored by our own Sen. Richard Burr.

From Burr’s bill:

Under this Act, the federal government would financially assist states in establishing solutions to medical tort litigation.

If it wasn’t already crystal clear, Republican opposition to health reform has nothing to do with policy and everything to do with politics.

3 Comments

  1. IBXer

    September 16, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Obama says he is open to it, but the Democrats in Congress are not. Congress writes the bills. Obama was only paying lip service and trying to appear bipartisan.

    It doesn’t matter if he says he is open to it if he knows it will never make its way into any bill he will have to sign.

  2. AdamL

    September 16, 2009 at 11:42 am

    The grants don’t need Congressional approval and HHS is already acting on the idea.

  3. ahoffmanCJD

    September 16, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Notably, more and more conservatives are beginning to speak out against so-called medical malpractice “reform.” Why? Because it’s decidedly anti-conservative. http://tinyurl.com/qbc62m