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Reading Between The Lines Of Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) Press Release

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Despite all of the talk before the lesson, it seems like Congressman Smith is back to business with protecting insurance companies. His first committee "top priority" press release:

Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today outlined the Committee’s role in the upcoming debate on the vote to repeal Democrats’ misguided government takeover of health care.

Chairman Smith: “The House Judiciary Committee is committed to ensuring the laws passed by this Congress are constitutional. And we will enact real reforms to make health care more affordable for Americans. Democrats’ government takeover of health care is a violation of the Constitution and common sense. The federal government has never required people to buy any good or service. Yet, ObamaCare mandates that every person purchase health insurance.

“Also, Democrats’ health care plan ignores common sense solutions to skyrocketing health care costs. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 40% of medical malpractice suits filed in the U.S. are ‘without merit.’ The threat of these lawsuits forces doctors to conduct tests and prescribe medicines that are not medically required. The widespread practice of ‘defensive medicine’ drives up the cost of health care.

“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that lawsuit abuse reform would save taxpayers $54 billion over the next decade. This would help American families struggling with health care costs and protect medical personnel who are overburdened by the cost of malpractice insurance.”

Chairman Smith announced that the House Judiciary Committee will convene hearings to examine the constitutional concerns surrounding ObamaCare and the role medical malpractice reform can play in reducing health care costs.

What does it really say?

Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today outlined the Committee’s role in the upcoming debate on the vote to repeal Democrats’ misguided government takeover of health care.

Chairman Smith: “The House Judiciary Committee is committed to ensuring the laws passed by this Congress are constitutional. (unless you read the whole Constitution , we don’t mean the 7th amendment) And we will enact real reforms ( although in the past when we have been in charge we never touched the issue) to make health care more affordable for Americans. Democrats’ government takeover of health care is a violation of the Constitution and common sense. The federal government has never required people to buy any good or service. (actually, there are a lot of things that the government mandate, but that doesn’t help the point) Yet, ObamaCare mandates that every person purchase health insurance. (actually, it doesn’t, but again hyperbole is the point)

“Also, Democrats’ health care plan ignores common sense solutions to skyrocketing health care costs. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 40% of medical malpractice suits filed in the U.S. are ‘without merit.’ ( if you define cases as worth less then 100,000 and you don’t count all of the cases that settle) The threat of these lawsuits forces doctors to conduct tests and prescribe medicines that are not medically required. ( so we do support fraud by doctors if they are doing it for the right reasons) The widespread practice of ‘defensive medicine’ drives up the cost of health care. (even though the numbers says it doesn’t)

“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that lawsuit abuse reform would save taxpayers $54 billion over the next decade. ( which is the same CBO that says the present law will save money and that there are much better ways to save money) This would help American families struggling with health care costs and protect medical personnel who are overburdened by the cost of malpractice insurance.” (unless those American’s want to bring a claim or look for protection under the 7th Amendment)

Chairman Smith announced that the House Judiciary Committee will convene hearings to examine the constitutional concerns surrounding ObamaCare and the role medical malpractice reform (bold added to point out the hypocrisy) can play in reducing health care costs (eliminating State’s rights, hiding those responsible from liability, and making sure the Insurance companies bring in more campaign contributions)

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  1. Mike Bryant says:
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    Nice comment I got from an email:

    nice translation–like it

    Thanks for reading

  2. Mohammad Gupta says:
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    I respect both sides of the argument but America is already short on doctors. If the litigation trend continues healthcare will suffer with fewer doctors. But I understand people need compensation for mistakes. Caps is not the answer. Dr. Gupta. http://www.equotemd.com/blog

  3. Mike Bryant says:
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    There is no proof that there are less doctors from our tort system. http://stcloud.injuryboard.com/miscellaneous/the-low-number-of-doctors.aspx?googleid=276158 Minnesota is a great example: Low number of claims, low premiums, no caps. Great health care. Texas with all of their reforms have really high costs, less doctors in poor areas, high premiums, and a system that protects the few bad doctors that do most of the medical malpractice.

  4. Mike Bryant says:
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    I do appreciate the comment Mr Gupta, that for reading.

  5. james O'Hare RPLU AIC AIS says:
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    Blaming the high cost of health care on med mal cases is like blaming lung cancer on cigarette lighters !!

    The big high cost of health care gorilla in the room is the legislation that prevents competition between the 1500 health care companies in the US. McCarron – ferguson act.

    The argument is misdirected by 180 degrees. The protected borders engineered by the Aetnas of the world, and not med mal, should earn the rifles cross hairs.

    Litigation is too expensive for frivolity. Sometimes more doctors are invited to the howdown that deserve to be there. Maybe that is the 40% that Mr. Smith is talking about.

    Basic evaluation skills are needed for fundamental grammar skool analysis Mr Smith.
    regards
    Jim
    VP physicians Ins Co Fl

  6. Mike Bryant says:
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    Thanks for reading and the comment Jim.

  7. Mark Bello says:
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    Mike: Contrast this with Senator Fred Thompson’s refreshing perspective at knoxnews.com (or in John Hopkin’s thoughtful IB blog on the subject). Obviously, for Smith, it is not about conservative values, it is all about the money and where his campaign contributions are coming from. Regards, Mark

  8. Mike Bryant says:
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    Yep, Congressman BP, it’s all about the money. Thanks for the comment Mark