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  • Commentary posted September 22, 2009 by Randolph W. Pate Should Liability Damage Caps be a Part of Health Care Reform?

    YES. Caps lower liability insurance costs and cut 'defensive medicine.' Perhaps the most conciliatory moment in President Barack Obama's health care speech before Congress came when he acknowledged concern with the high costs of medical malpractice lawsuits. He proposed moving forward with state-level demonstration projects to test various ways of…

  • WebMemo posted September 15, 2009 by Randolph W. Pate President Obama's Medical Liability Reform Proposal: No Silver Bullet

    In an apparent concession to Republicans on health care reform, President Obama broached the topic of medical liability reform Wednesday night in his health care speech before Congress: Now, finally, many in this chamber--particularly on the Republican side of the aisle--have long insisted that reforming our medical malpractice laws can help bring down the cost…

  • WebMemo posted April 7, 2009 by Randolph W. Pate Protection of Health Care Providers' Right of Conscience: What Federal Law Says

    The Obama Administration is moving rapidly to overturn federal "conscience clause" regulations protecting health care providers who object to performing procedures that violate their religious beliefs or moral convictions. These regulations implement longstanding federal laws expressing the decided opinion of Congress and the American people that no…

  • Executive Summary posted January 17, 2006 by Randolph W. Pate, Derek Hunter Executive Summary: Code Blue: The Case for Serious State Medical Liability Reform

    In many states, a medical liability crisis is prompting physicians to scale back their practices or shut their doors entirely. As a result, patients are losing access to vital health services and must travel farther and wait longer to receive needed care. For the many doctors and millions of their patients who are concerned about access to quality medical care, serious…

  • Backgrounder posted January 17, 2006 by Randolph W. Pate, Derek Hunter Code Blue: The Case for Serious State Medical Liability Reform

    In many states, a medical liability crisis is prompting physicians to scale back their practices or shut their doors entirely. As a result, patients are losing access to vital health services and must travel farther and wait longer to receive needed care. The problem is especially acute in rural areas, where attracting health care providers is already more difficult. For…

  • WebMemo posted December 16, 2005 by Randolph W. Pate Vaccine Liability: Congress Should Give Vaccines a Shot in the Arm

    In response to scientists' warnings about an avian influenza pandemic, President George W. Bush recently called for the creation of a $7.1 billion influenza preparedness strategy. The cornerstone of his plan is vaccination.[1] As things now stand, however, the country does not have the resources to make this plan a reality: vaccine makers face too many legal…

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