President Obama laid out the specifics of what he thinks about medical malpractice tort reform tonight. Well, not really. Let’s just say President Obama is keeping his options open.
The trial balloon Obama he floated was to test out “a range of ideas” to bring down the cost of medical malpractice insurance for doctors. Disturbingly, he gave a huge shout out to George Bush’s view of this problem, saying he would adopt an idea from President Bush to set up demonstration projects in some states to test ways to cut malpractice claims.
I don’t know what this means. I don’t think it means medical malpractice caps or other significant tort reform. But I don’t know if President Obama really knows what he means yet, either.
More on Obama and Medical Malpractice
- The Theory That President Obama Will Flip on Medical Malpractice Tort Reform (and why I don’t believe it)
- Anticipation of First Obama Tort Reform Speech (June 11, 2009 post)
- Post Obama’s Malpractice Tort Reform Speech in June (I breathe a sigh of relief when he says no malpractice caps)