When accused of opposing health care reform, Republicans defend theirselves by claiming they do want reform. They want tort reform, part of their longstanding attack on lawyers-- who are traditionally among the strongest Democratic fundraisers-- and allowing de-regulation of interstate rules.
The first issue-- tort reform-- takes away the right of people to seek damages if they are not treated competently. There ARE problems with malpractice. Some doctors prescribe tests and treatments defensively. There ought to be a way to minimize that. A physician friend tells me horror stories of how insurance companies settle for six figures because it's cheaper than defending open and shut cases in court. Tort reform SHOULD be in the current legislation-- not taking away people's rights, but changing the rules so defensive medicine is ended and punitive damages decided based on cost of defense are no longer allowed.
The second "reform," eliminating interstate regulations, is really an obscene outrage.
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The net result of "reforms" the Republicans are calling for would be to make health insurers even more malignant cancers on the American people, the American economy. More people who thought they were protected by insurance would find themselves hit by huge medical charges not covered due to technicalities and clauses. The less toxic insurers would not be able to compete, so the industry would be dragged down to the lowest common denominator.