Obama’s Malpractice Plan

This is an unbelievable article on President Obama and medical malpractice reform bythe Associated Press. There is much in the article to criticize, including the premise of $250 million to help states write laws. Insane. But what really annoys me the most is this line: “The cost of defensive medicine is difficult to estimate, but conservative estimates start at around $50 billion a year.”

It is just a false analysis. The question is not how much defensive medicine costs. The question is how much defensive medicine would be eliminated by making changes in the system (not to mention the 7th Amendment).

I don’t mind the argument for malpractice reform. People smarter than me disagree with my strong position. But I just don’t like poorly reasoned evidence being presented as fact or editorials disguised as reporting.