There is a lot of speculation about Barack Obama’s tort reform views. This nugget came out of an article in the Wall Street Journal on the battle now going on over the Illinois cap: Obama voted for the medical malpractice cap in Illinois. It is such an obvious clue to Obama’s thinking on tort reform that no one is talking about. I don’t think Obama supports extreme measures, particularly on the federal level, for medical malpractice tort reform. But he is no Joe Biden, who I think is fully committed to protecting tort victims.
June 11, 2009 Update: Maybe I’m wrong and Obama put medical malpractice reform directly on the table. But I don’t think that reform will include caps. But what he will do is anyone’s guess at this point.