Friday, September 11, 2009
Health Reform - Med Mal
We heard from President Obama Wednesday night that he plans to look into eliminating fraud and abuse of the health care system.
"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 of health care. I don't believe malpractice reform is a silver bullet, but I have talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs. So I am proposing that we move forward on a range of ideas about how to put patient safety first and let doctors focus on practicing medicine. I know that the Bush Administration considered authorizing demonstration projects in individual states to test these issues. It's a good idea, and I am directing my Secretary of Health and Human Services to move forward on this initiative today."
That's right. Who does he put in charge? HHS Secretary and former Executive Director of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Kathleen Sebelius. So we're trusting a person who used to lead the charge for the ambulance chasing trial lawyers to figure out how to reform the system so Doctors can stop wasting time and resources practicing overly defensive medicine.
We must give some credit to the KC Prime Buzz for pointing out the coincidence as well (Here). However, we're guessing our Kansas readers here find it a bit more outrageous than the Stars' regular readers do.
Fair and Balanced demonstration project - you decide...