And yet it is unaddressed in the Baucus bill.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) gave a notable boost Friday to backers of capping medical malpractice lawsuits, issuing an analysis that concludes reforms would save the government $54 billion over 10 years and cut national healthcare spending by 0.5 percent a year.
WIth a Democratic president and Democrats in control of Congress, passing any bill that would limit how much money patients can win in lawsuits against doctors is highly unlikely. Democrats contend it would be unfair to curb the rights of wronged patients to seek restitution.
Howard Dean already explained, in a bizarre fit of honesty, why the Democrats won’t hit on tort reform:
You elect ’em, special interests get the benefits! The current American way!
P.S. The Patients Choice Act, which was brushed aside by congress, addressed tort reform, among many other issues, like portability, pre-existing conditions, et al.