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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2004, 07:52:55 pm »
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Lawyers/Law Firms give  69% of their donations to Democrats  and 31% to Republicans.  Health Professionals are the opposite (33-66).

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« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2004, 09:04:57 pm »
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Approximately as I expected.
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« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2004, 12:15:14 am »
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We shouldn't place limits on medical malpractice awards, but they shouldn't be paid by the doctors.

Most cap laws hurt victims of truly serious medical injuries causing permanent disability or death, while doing nothing about the real problem of frivolous, meritless claims that are brought only because a settlement costs less than a lawsuit for the defendant.

We should fund healthcare with a universal, single-payer system.  People who are hurt by negligent medical care should be compensated by the state.  Doctors who repeatedly commit malpractice should lose their license.
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« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2004, 08:40:56 am »
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First, as I earlier posted, in my state we have a tough Board of Medical Examiners which lifts the licenses of incompetent physicians.

Second, the caps in question are not for genuine compensatory damages, but rather for punitive dammages and to reduce the avarace of shysters.

Third, an administrative procedure component would both reduce the cost and increase the speed of resolving malpractice claims.

Fourth,  to take just one issue you raised in your paen to almighty government, if the government pays for malpractice, just who do you think pays for the government?  
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