New medical malpractice reform idea in health care debate

side note: This article end with the question as to whether Republicans will ultimately miss an opportunity to enact tort reform because of their overriding goal of blocking any healthcare reform at all. Republicans need to view the healthcare debate as an opportunity to achieve some of their goals, not just to block others’ goals.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s willingness to consider alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits is providing a boost for taking such cases out of the courtroom and letting experts, not juries, decide their merits.

The idea of appointing neutral experts to sift malpractice facts from allegations appeals to conservatives in both political parties. They want to address medical liability as part of health care legislation that’s now largely silent on the issue. Trial lawyers remain steadfastly opposed to curbs.

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