Tort Reform request – presented to Tom Perrielloon August 30th, 2009 at 7:21 pm
Here is a brief talk addressed to Representative Tom Perriello at his Town Hall Meeting in Rocky Mount on Saturday afternoon, August 29. It was written and delivered by Marlin Thompson of Boones Mill, a valued member of our Tea Party organization, to applause from the assembled citizens.
Why is there no tort reform in any of the House or Senate bills? This would be the easiest way to save about $200 billion dollars without changing anything. Doctors are forced to spend an enormous amount of money on mal-practice insurance due to the ever-growing number of frivolous lawsuits filed. The increase of cost to the doctor trickles down to the patient, which then increases the cost of medical insurance. It is a vicious unending cycle that tort reform could combat.
Howard Dean, former Democratic National Chairman, explained at a town hall meeting why tort reform was not part of the proposed health care reform bill. He said, “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 that 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 everyone else they were taking on. And that is the plain and simple truth.” For once he told the truth. In the proposed bills, doctors and hospitals are to take a $500 billion hit on Medicare, while the lawyers get a free pass.
The United States Constitution, that has served us so well for over 200 years, is 4,000 words long. So why does any bill in Congress have to be over 1,100 pages long? When I write a Letter to the Editor of the Roanoke Times, I cannot have more than 200 words. Why don’t they pass a law that no bill can be longer than the Constitution? Then maybe they would have to choose their words carefully and actually create legislation that we could read without having lawyers at out side to understand it.
There are over 250 web sites from individual law firms trolling for perceived victims of medical malpractice, with over 100 reasons to sue doctors or hospitals for everything from Mesothelioma to birth defects. If former Senator John Edwards is the poster boy for trial lawyers, he is also a testimonial to the need for limiting caps on medical malpractice. President Obama was booed by doctors in a speech to the AMA in Chicago on June 15 when he said he was not in favor of limiting outrageous jury awards against doctors or hospitals.
Lawyers are one of the only profession that Jesus publicly reproved. In Luke 11:46 He said, “Woe to you lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers”. His words ring as true today as they did 2000 years ago.
A former governor of Wisconsin had it right, when he reportedly said “The only three things I want the federal government to do for me are – deliver the mail, keep any enemies out of my yard, and stay out of my life”.