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December 27th, 2004
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The Future of Medical Malpractice

The Democrats' opposition to malpractice reform runs counter to core Democratic values. To those struggling to make ends meet, even a small decrease in cost of health care can mean the difference between getting treatment or not.

It is unconscionable to price the poor out of health care to give others a theoretical chance of collecting for pain and suffering. To those priced out of health care, the right to malpractice awards is useless!

If malpractice reform fails, at least let people opt out of the right to sue in exchange for cheaper health insurance. If most people decide to opt out, the whole malpractice debate will become moot.

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Date:September 21st, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
I question the assumption of pain and suffering awards. As a psychotherapist I rarely see money having any effect on peoples suffering unless they lack the basic necessities. As with many lottery winners, the extra money is only a temporary band-aid to their troubles.
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Date:September 21st, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
interesting. maybe, the moral satisfaction of taking revenge on someone who hurt you (by making them pay you) is more important than getting the payment. you're getting a mental compensation for a mental injury.
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