Medical Malpractice system survives healthcare overhaul intact

side note: Here is a great example of how politics gets in the way of progress. Democrats were likely to concede on items like tort reform in order to pass a bipartisan bill, but the Republicans refused to vote anything but “No” on healthcare reform. Recognizing this obstinance, Democrats felt less inclined to negotiate with a party predertermined to vote against any healthcare bill.

Last year, as Democrats launched their healthcare drive, the nation’s trial lawyers thought they were in trouble.

Critics, especially Republicans and doctors, had long complained that the medical malpractice system showered huge fees on attorneys, did little for ordinary Americans and added billions of dollars in costs.

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