Iowa Congressman King says tort reform has to be part of health care reform

Fifth District Congressman Steve King saw a large crowd at his town hall meeting on health care Monday at Western Iowa Tech community college in Sioux City. King, a Republican from Kiron, says health care reform must also include tort reform.

King says a high percentage of the cost of U.S. health care is because of “defensive medicine” and the cost of malpractice premiums for doctors. He says many doctors have been sued and those who’re afraid of being sued, have to make some business decisions based on the climate we are in. Afterward King said he remains opposed to providing coverage for illegal immigrants.

“I don’t want to insure people that are in the United States illegally…if the Department of Homeland Security had to deliver their policy, they’d be compelled to send them back home again,” King says. King has meetings scheduled in Council Bluffs, Clarinda and Atlantic today.

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