Republicans are skewing the malpractice issue


Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 10:06 p.m.

Once again, the Bush administration and GOP are attempting to distract Americans from the real issues. Bush and his cronies are touting tort reform limiting how much wronged patients can recover from negligent doctors.

But a 2004 Congressional Budget Office report found that malpractice costs accounted for only 2 percent of overall health care spending.

Republicans are ignoring the families of the approximately 100,000 Americans who die each year from getting adequate compensation for their loved one's preventable death.

Put simply, patients who are negligently injured by the few prejudicial doctors deserve just compensation.

Meanwhile, Republicans and the president are veering away from the skyrocketing prescription drug costs, the 43 million Americans without health insurance and the fact that we are the only industrialized democracy in the world that does not provide health care to all of its citizens.

Sean Lebowitz,

President,

University of Florida

Law School Democrats,

Gainesville

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