The contention under dispute is that capping damages will be “health care reform”."Finally, we should embarrass Democrats into stopping their fight against medical-malpractice reform and instead provide safe-harbor defenses for doctors so they don’t have to order a CT scan whenever, as one hospital administrator put it, someone in the emergency room says the word head. Trial lawyers who make their bread and butter from civil suits have been the Democrats’ biggest financial backer for decades. Republicans are right when they argue that tort reform is overdue. Eliminating the rationale or excuse for all the extra doctor exams, lab tests and use of CT scans and MRIs could cut tens of billions of dollars a year while drastically cutting what hospitals and doctors spend on malpractice insurance and pass along to patients."
Did tort reform lower the costs of care? Not according to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care (Selected Medicare Reimbursement Measures):
Hmmm. It appears that Medicare costs per enrollee went up faster than the national average. In fact, Texas reimbursement rates in 2007 were the second highest in the country.
Did tort reform lower the rates of uninsurance in Texas? Not according to the US census:
In fact, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the United States.
Did tort reform result in health insurance costs going down? Not according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:
Did tort reform result in doctors flocking to Texas to practice? Not according to Public Citizen and the Texas State Department of Health Services: