Thursday, September 03, 2009

Rx for health care: losers pay (tort reform)

Don't take it from me. Take it from someone VERY familiar with socialized medicine as practiced in the U.K., Canada and Germany, for instance, who knows. In addition. this guy is very familiar with the problem with today's U.S. healthcare. The guy runs a big regional hospital system.

Will Obama include obviously necessary Tort Reform in his latest prescription for healthcare (question for Dems, Inds, and Reps)? Well, you may ask an Obama partisan like this ex-submariner, who seems to cheerlead ad nauseum for everything Obama's administration tries to do.

Time will be a more accurate guide, however.

Obviously Obama is a lawyer, and his administration employs more lawyers than any preceeding administration ever has (counting his czars). Moreover, Obama is beholden to lawyer PACS for getting him elected (contributions second only to George Soros, perhaps) as well as ACORN (Association of Chumps Openly Registering the Non-living).

INGO ANGERMEIER tells us (read his full letter, there is more and it's only a page long):

The dirty little secret, the one that silently consumes massive amounts of precious health care resources, is the pervasive role that defensive medicine plays in that brokenness. In most countries, no expensive tests would have been ordered on the man with the headache. Unlike the United States, there’s no need in most of the world to practice defensive medicine. It is not a small cost. To put this into perspective, on a busy night, Spartanburg Regional ER physicians order 110 CT scans. About 20 are medically necessary. The other 90 fall into the category of legally necessary.

Ingo has balls, speaking truth to enormous power (the legal cabal). Way to go, Ingo!

By the way, the socialized medicine country from which our legal system evolved, the U.K., has had the loser pays for its torts. The law of the United States was originally largely derived from the common law system of English law. However, U.S. law diverged from English common law procedure in providing litigants virtually unlimited awards without a penalty for losing. U.S. lawyers average incomes in the high six digits, and the premiere lawyers amass (earn is a poor choice of words) millions annually.

PREDICTION: Obama must include a modicum of tort reform in his revised healthcare program, or he will be ridiculed royally. On the otherhand, if Obama goes as far as the U.K. (loser pays all court costs) his MOST influential domestic supporters will turn on him as they did with James Earl Carter. SOLUTION: Another Czar.

Senator Byrd wrote a letter to President Obama in February, criticizing the president’s strategy of creating czars to manage important areas of national policy. Senator Byrd said that these appointments violate both the constitutional system of checks and balances and the constitutional separation of powers, and is a clear attempt to evade congressional oversight.



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