Archives: March 2012

Romney: Why I’d repeal ObamaCare

Friday is the second anniversary of ObamaCare. It is past time to abolish the program, root and branch. The Supreme Court will soon have a crack at this; arguments about the program’s constitutionality open before it next week. But whatever the justices decide in what is certain to be a landmark decision, the case against ObamaCare extends far beyond questions about its constitutionality. President Obama‘s program is an unfolding disaster for the American economy, a budget-busting entitlement, and a dramatic new federal intrusion into our lives. It is precisely for those reasons that I’ve opposed a one-size-fits-all health care plan for the entire nation. What we need is a free market, federalist approach to making quality, affordable health insurance available to every American. Each state should be allowed to pursue its own solution in this regard, instead of being dictated to by Washington. But abolishing ObamaCare will only be half the battle. Just as important is the question of what to put in its place. Instead of the massive new taxes, trillions of dollars in new spending, and top-down bureaucratic decrees of ObamaCare, we need to limit Washington’s control by spurring competition, creating maximum flexibility and enhancing consumer choice. I…

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Federal Judge Finds Texas Cap Constitutional

Lynch-pin of state’s 2003 lawsuit reforms remain intact MARSHALL, Texas, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A Texas law that caps pain and suffering-type awards in health care lawsuits was ruled constitutional by a federal judge today. U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap issued a brief one-page ruling stating “all claims by plaintiffs in this matter are denied” leaving the state’s 2003 cap on non-economic damages standing. In 2003 Texas joined 26 other states in limiting awards in medical lawsuits for hard to quantify injuries such as mental anguish, emotional distress or loss of companionship. The capped amount varies from $250,000 to $750,000, depending upon the variety of defendants in the suit. Past, present and future medical costs as well as lost wages remain uncapped. “The court’s decision removes any lingering uncertainty about the voter-approved cap on non-economic damages,” said Mike Hull, general counsel of Texas Alliance For Patient Access, the statewide healthcare coalition that defended the cap. “A trial lawyer victory would have gutted the benefits of reform and been a big blow to the delivery of health care.” “The 2003 medical liability reforms have been good medicine for the people of Texas,” said Texas Medical Association President C. Bruce Malone,…

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