President ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comments follow landmark healthcare reform that failed to consider malpractice reform.
So what are we to make of this latest call?
Fortunately a number of commentators and bloggers have done the analysis. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s their take on the matter:
Over at Forbes Health Dollars blog, David Whelan says the PresidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s endorsement of malpractice reform warrants skepticism and offers some circumstantial evidence to support his view. His conclusion is that we shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get too excited just yet.
The Fact Checker at the Washington Post makes the point that President Obama favors certain ways of trying to lower costs related to malpractice, such as state incentives aimed at curbing lawsuits Ã¢â‚¬“ rather than federal damage caps that Republicans favor.
Meanwhile, The HillÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Healthwatch blog reports that senior Senate Democrats are highly skeptical of the PresidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s call for medical malpractice reform. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is quoted saying he would only support such reform if it was part of broader legislation that included other fixes such as a controversial proposal to repeal insurersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ exemption from federal antitrust rules.
Check out the I.I.I. backgrounder on medical malpractice.