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August 27th, 2009 1:30 pm
Howard Dean On Why Med Mal Reform Is Not In ObamaCare Bill

Why is medical malpractice reform not in the health care reform bills making their way through Congress?  That’s a question many of us have been asking for months.  We now have the answer, care of Howard Dean and Congressman Jim Moran.

At a recent townhall meeting, Moran was asked by a constituent about the issue.  (That was after Moran forced the gentleman to show him his ID before asking the question.)  Howard Dean decided to take a first stab at answering by saying:

This is the answer from a doctor and a politician. … Here’s why tort reform is not in the bill.  When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that, the more stuff you put in it the more enemies you make.  Right.  And the reason why tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else… And that is the plain and simple truth.

Congressman Moran followed up by saying, “That’s a very honest answer.”

In other words, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have no problem taking on the American people — the majority of whom are opposed to ObamaCare — but they wouldn’t dare take on their well-funded buddies in the trial bar.

Watch the video of the exchange below: 


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