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  •  Not at all snark. (0+ / 0-)

    I'd like to learn more.

    Who does tort reform relieve if not those who buy malpractice insurance? (Assuming -- as the Republicans do -- the premium costs are passed along to the customers, thus raising health care costs.)

    If the costs of malpractice insurance are not passed along (as all other businesses do with their expenses), who takes the loss?


    "Armaments, universal debt, planned obsolescence — the three pillars of Western prosperity." — Aldous Huxley

    by Pluto on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 11:07:03 PM PDT

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    •  You would think so, wouldn't you? (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree that handcuffing juries' and judges' ability to render judgements on defendants (aka tort reform) should serve to lower malpractice insurance costs, but I have serious doubts whether any savings would be passed on to anybody except the poor, put-upon insurance company CEOs and their stockholders.
      Meanwhile, freed from the terrible burden of paying for their negligent and damaging behavior, the defendants can then continue garnering the massive profits earned (obviously, since they lost their case) by hurting their patients.

    •  In every state that has passed "tort reform" (1+ / 0-)
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      Insurance rates have not gone down. It simply doesn't work to lower insurance costs. It simply increases margins.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      Want to end too big to fail banks? Then move your money and they will no longer be too big.

      by Lestatdelc on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 11:06:05 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed. (0+ / 0-)

        We must have misfired in this exchange.


        "Armaments, universal debt, planned obsolescence — the three pillars of Western prosperity." — Aldous Huxley

        by Pluto on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 11:58:17 PM PDT

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