After her victory over that ‘death panel’ language, Sarah Palin now wants something in Obamacare that Barack Obama won’t talk about – malpractice law reform or ‘tort reform’. Read more below, see photos, and watch a video.

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Sarah Palin: Tort Reform in Obamacare

Once again from Facebook, Sarah Palin is speaking out against Obamacare. This time she is asking Barack Obama and Congress to fix what’s specifically wrong with our healthcare system instead of eliminating everything that’s right. Using her own personal experience as a Governor bombarded with nothing but one frivilous ethics complaint after another, she blasts Barack Obama’s and Congress’s unwillingness to address tort reform as a major burden on our economy and the health care industry specifically. One thing is certain, the debate of Sarah Palin’s tort reform position in Obamacare will prove to be an interesting, if not bloody battle.

If we, as a country, are really serious about reforming healthcare, then there must be a serious discussion about tort reform. The costs of “defensive medicine” is driving the high costs of healthcare, and yet tort reform is absent in Obamacare. Why is that? Well, one reason is the special interests of trial lawyers like, say, John Edwards. They make lots and lots of money and are, as a block, huge contributors to the DNC. Another possible reason is that many members of congress and Barack Obama himself are attorneys and possibly less receptive to tort reform.

Sarah Palin’s tort reform position is one that makes sense. Here’s an excerpt:

“President Obama’s health care “reform” plan has met with significant criticism across the country. Many Americans want change and reform in our current health care system. We recognize that while we have the greatest medical care in the world, there are major problems that we must face, especially in terms of reining in costs and allowing care to be affordable for all. However, as we have seen, current plans being pushed by the Democratic leadership represent change that may not be what we had in mind — change which poses serious ethical concerns over the government having control over our families’ health care decisions. In addition, the current plans greatly increase costs of health care, while doing lip service toward controlling costs.

We need to address a REAL bipartisan reform proposition that will have REAL impacts on costs and quality of patient care.

As Governor of Alaska, I learned a little bit about being a target for frivolous suits and complaints (Please, do I really need to footnote that?). I went my whole life without needing a lawyer on speed-dial, but all that changes when you become a target for opportunists and people with no scruples. Our nation’s health care providers have been the targets of similar opportunists for years, and they too have found themselves subjected to false, frivolous, and baseless claims. To quote a former president, “I feel your pain.”

So what can we do? First, we cannot have health care reform without tort reform. The two are intertwined…”

Indeed they are intertwined. Palin, not Barack Obama, is once again driving the healthcare debate from somewhere in Alaska using new media to export her message. And just like in the case of ‘death panels’ in Obamacare, I suspect Sarah Palin’s tort reform position will also become part of the national debate on healthcare reform.

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