Posts Tagged ‘malpractice’

Tort Reform

March 1, 2010

You hear a lot about tort reform. A lot of people are claiming that it’s all we need to reduce the cost of health care. As if malpractice suits and insurance are all that’s driving up health care costs. I can see their point but there are so many other problems with it. I’ve lived in some rural areas, and as I am fond of saying, these doctors aren’t working here because they placed in the top of their class. I think some of them may be here because it’s the only place they haven’t been sued yet. And when they do screw up there should be an avenue to pursue it, so tort reform alone is not going to fix the problem.

I think insurance companies themselves play a big role in driving up costs and I have written on this before, The Solution, Sept. 2, 2009. Then there’s the big drugs contribution that I wrote about Feb. 22, 2010, Prescriptions. And of course I’m sure unions have a hand in this, the AMA for example. But if you’re dead set on tort reform let me lay out my plan.

It’s painfully simple. The loser of the case pays all costs. That’s it. Is that sick or what? I think if a guy is going to sue McDonald’s because he spilled the coffee in his lap, and he loses, he should pay the $22,000.00 court costs and the $3.2 million dollar defense fee for McDonald’s as well as a couple of million to his own law dog. I think we will be seeing the end of nuisance suits. And it certainly won’t be the get rich quick scheme that it is now.

Now, on the other side it wouldn’t be a bad idea to outlaw malpractice insurance. Why do we have it anyway? So they can pay off and the quack can go right on practicing. Personally I don’t want the guy practicing any more. I want him vacuuming out ashtrays at the car wash. Any way, that’s my plan. Do with it as you will and as always, until next time, screw environmentalists.

Health Care

August 7, 2009

Back in the sixties the auto industry was booming. The seventies rolled around and the government got into the auto business in the way of regulations. You folks really didn’t see this coming? When government starts to regulate something, all is lost. It really is a monument to our auto industry that it lasted this long. Now, if you think health care will be any different send me some. Of course I mean whatever you’re smoking ,because it must be good stuff.

The health care industry is far more frail than the auto industry ever was. It will be lucky to last a year after Obamacare. They have already been beaten down by the judicial system in the form of malpractice, which tied in nicely with the insurance industry. I couldn’t have written a more sinister plot. The only part of the trifecta from hell that is missing are the corrupt politicians. Refer to “The Big Three” May 20,2009.  Hello.

A solution? Government clinics. Government clinics should be their only involvement in health care. If an individual doesn’t have health care doctors should be able to refuse treatment and send them to a government clinic. Sound harsh? Hey, at least I’m trying, what have you got?