By Andy Rauwolf
October 13, 2009
According to Dr. Michael Lynch
in a recent article in the Concord Monitor the cost of malpractice
insurance is forcing doctors to leave high-risk specialties in
droves, creating dangerous shortages in available specialized
care. In the last few decades lawyers have skillfully convinced
jurors to award extremely large settlements to victims who often
could never hope to earn that much in their remaining lifetime.
According to Dr. Lynch, in a recent controversial judgment a
lawyer made just under $400,000.00 on a $1.75 million dollar
lawsuit. Not bad for a few weeks pay, and this was one of the
smaller cases. Malpractice lawsuits have become a multi-billion
dollar industry in the legal profession in our country, often
targeting innocent doctors and hospitals.
If reasonable limits were placed on malpractice lawsuits, (tort reforms), the cost of insurance to doctors and hospitals would plummet, unnecessary tests would stop, and billions of dollars in savings in health care would be passed on to the public. In addition, millions more people could afford insurance, and many lives would be saved.
So what would be the cost of tort reforms? The answer is ZERO! So why is congress ignoring cheapest, most obvious solution to health care, and instead proposing complicated plans and government options that will cost every citizen thousands of dollars in the next decade?
According to Senator Orin Hatch, they don't want to upset the "special interests". WHO ARE THESE SPECIAL INTERESTS?"
Surprised? According to the Congressional Quarterly, lawyers make up 38% of the legislative branch, 100% of the judicial branch, and 100% of the executive branch. The three branches of government are now 80% in the hands of lawyers, who only comprise 1/2 of 1% of our population. The three branches of government intended by our founding fathers to serve as checks and balances on each other are all in the same hands.
According to the Center for Responsible Politics, in 2008 lawyers contributed $233,912,817 to political campaigns, 76% to Democrats, and 23% to Republicans. Already, lawyers have contributed over $25,000,000.00 to the 2010 election cycle, 81% to Democrats, and 18% to Republicans. That wouldn't have anything to do with blocking tort reforms would it?
We need to start paying attention to our elected officials now more than ever, and just whose interests they are protecting. It appears that most of them are much more interested in padding their own pockets than they are in meaningfully lowering the cost of our health care. Government (Lawyer) run health care is a costly solution.
We must demand tort reform from our elected representatives, especially from those Congressmen, Senators and the President who hail from the legal profession.
Received October 12, 2009 - Published October 13, 2009
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