Fix health care with legal reform

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As usual, lawyers - with President Obama in the lead role - want to radically overhaul the health care system.

This bad movie is actually a sequel. Bill and Hillary Clinton, both lawyers of questionable integrity, tried to covertly reinvent health care in the early 1990s. Fortunately, their subterfuge was unsuccessful.

Like any imperfect delivery system, health care should be tweaked. But an overhaul that covers everyone - including illegal aliens and able-bodied individuals who refuse to work - penalizes tax-paying Americans.

The legal system, often fraught with greed, corruption and injustice, is

begging for reform. An astonishing

example of a gross miscarriage of justice is the recent case of NFL player Donte Stallworth, who was sentenced

to only 30 days in jail for DUI manslaughter. He served 24 days for good behavior.

If lawyers feel compelled to trample health care, then physicians should be appointed to purge the legal system. Let's start with caps on malpractice awards and severe penalties for frivolous litigation.

Jim Irish

North Augusta, S.C.

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Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 07/17/09 - 01:34 am
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Bush already tried that,

Bush already tried that, Jimmy. Wow, what a beginning. What comes after?

concernednative
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concernednative 07/17/09 - 05:23 am
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Bush tried what? Bush was

Bush tried what? Bush was not a problem solver he was a problem creator. I agree about frivilous law suits. But we need to tackle fraud with Medicare, SSI, Food stamps, etc. This govt spends billions on entitlement programs to able bodied Americans that has got to stop. But reasonable healthcare reform is coming as welll is should. We need it to control costs. And of course illegals shouldn't be covered.

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carcraft 07/17/09 - 05:37 am
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20% of health care casts are

20% of health care casts are related to legal and liability problems. If you could reduce that to 10% there would be hugh decrease in health care costs. The failure to institute tort refrom demonstartes the Democrates are not interested in health care, they are interested in increasing thier power and base by spending your money!

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patriciathomas 07/17/09 - 07:01 am
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The reason the left wishes

The reason the left wishes for government health care is because they wish for the best of care at "reasonable prices". Or, as honest people say, real cheap health care of the highest quality. This isn't what's being offered. Total coverage doesn't even take quality into consideration. Or incentive for people practicing medicine. What's being offered is the lowest common denominator of "health care". One size fits all. Research will be done by countries with a free market system and when the government gets around to adopting the new equipment or techniques or pharmaceuticals, recipients will stand in line, behind the privileged few. Fantasy promises and harsh reality aren't the same thing. I understand some of you think it's good to be full running blind sheeple, but it's not good destroying this country while doing it.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 07/17/09 - 07:49 am
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Jim, Excellent point! Lawyers

Jim,
Excellent point! Lawyers as a whole do not do a good job of helping to prevent problems. They arrive to help the poor people mistreated by medical system for about 70% of the take.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/17/09 - 08:12 am
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Mayo clinic averages about

Mayo clinic averages about 53% of the costs for similar treaments at other hospitals. They are world class and effecient that is what we should be striving for instead of scare tatics that the govt is trying to reduce quality. Obama is saying there are examples out there that show how it is done. For you right wing free marketers it is called best practices and benchmarking. Are you now against that because Obama is pushing for it.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/17/09 - 08:14 am
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Jim, too late...the "I want
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Jim, too late...the "I want free healthcare from my government" crowd is in charge now. The only way to stop this is to have a massive taxpayers revolt where they stop paying for all these ridiculous promises the annointed one has made. Even the Congressional Budget Office has said that this plan is too expensive. Seems to have fallen on Obama's big deaf ears.

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LaTwon 07/17/09 - 08:28 am
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just another form of

just another form of redistribution. cap and trade will put direct deposits into the bank accounts of some to pay their energy costs. healthcare will be free for some. i laughed at the eggplant when he said everyone wants something for nothing and someone has to pay. well guess who is going to pay. not the ones that always want something for nothing. this [filtered word]must be stopped.

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xanadu 07/17/09 - 08:54 am
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watch, america, as the

watch, america, as the world's greatest health care system slides into ruination. kid obama and his merry band of pranksters will go down in history holding the world's record for destroying a nation in the shortest possible amount of time.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/17/09 - 09:01 am
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Doesn't anyone realize the

Doesn't anyone realize the amount of taxpayers dollars that would be saved if ALL people receiving goverment entitlements were required to pass a urine test before receiving there "Distirbution of Wealth".

xanadu
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xanadu 07/17/09 - 09:07 am
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CobaltGeorge: thank you,

CobaltGeorge: thank you, this is a big point of contention I have as well. i worked for the fed gov'mt for about six years and was subject to random pee-pee tests. it truly bugged me that folks were out there drawing ssi, disability, this, that, the other federal monies and didn't have to do squat for it except have a doctor sign some forms for them. i always maintained that if anyone receiving any type of government monies, be they federal, state, county, should have to belly up to the urinal or, better yet, hand in a hair sample to get their perks.

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TechLover 07/17/09 - 09:12 am
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For all you folks against

For all you folks against healthcare reform, I suggest you join Consevatives for Pateints Rights. You may have seen their commercials (they run at least every half hour on Faux News) with their spokesman Rick Scott. They are one of the leading groups against health care reform. What they don't tell you (and that their web site conveniently omits) is that Rick Scott was the founder of Columbia Hospitals which later purchased Hosptal Corporation of America. In 1997, with Scott as Chairman and CEO, Columbia/HCA was ordered to pay $1.7 billion dollars for Medicare fraud. the largest in American history. No wonder he likes the system like it is. Oh yeah, Scott was chairman of Secure Computing (now acquired by McAfee), the company used by Iran and Saudi Arabia to block citizens internet access. What a great American.

LolaJean
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LolaJean 07/17/09 - 09:18 am
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Great point Cobalt / Aztec.

Great point Cobalt / Aztec. The Gimme / I'm o Git Mine Party is destroying this country and the people who are actually WORKING. I have no problem helping and in fact paying for people who cannot help themselves. Whats the big deal with making people on gov't assistance submit to random drug tests?

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CobaltGeorge 07/17/09 - 09:19 am
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aztecfaith - You realize that

aztecfaith - You realize that my post and your reply was based on what is no longer part of our living society, " Common Sense".
It no longer applies to what is happening in our goverment today.

LolaJean
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LolaJean 07/17/09 - 09:22 am
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So techlover, do you think

So techlover, do you think the american working and tax paying citizens should be forced to pay more taxes for Obama's healthcare overhaul to support able bodied and illegal aliens?

TechLover
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TechLover 07/17/09 - 09:25 am
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aztec: Only if it applies to

aztec: Only if it applies to all CEO's, borad members, executives, etc, of all companies receving government contracts. Better yet since we all benefit from tax dollars being spent just make all citizens submit a sample. Of course you have to disclose all medications you are on legally. I know, some yahoo where I work evidently decided that since I had long hair I MUST be a dope smoker (maybe in 1975-79, the college years). I had to disclose all medications I was on, BP meds etc, pee in a cup, have blood drawn, and spend 3 days at home. SUPRISE, it came back clean and I got paid back pay (although I only got paid my "base" salary and being a nurse I get shift differential so it only cost me about #300 for someone lying)

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justthefacts 07/17/09 - 09:31 am
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techlover, your post is

techlover, your post is irrelevent to the discussion. We should be in favor of Obama's plan because Rick Scott is, in your opinion anyway, a crook? Ah, alrighty then.

xanadu
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xanadu 07/17/09 - 09:31 am
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techlover: yes, you can

techlover: yes, you can include the ceo's and all admin/mgmt people as well!! glad you got out of your trouble. can you sue them for lost wages?

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LolaJean 07/17/09 - 09:33 am
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There is a big difference in

There is a big difference in those that are working for the government or at a business that requires its employees to take drug tests and people living completely on gov't assistance Tech. If someone doesn't like the rules and regulations of their employers then go do something else for a living.

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CobaltGeorge 07/17/09 - 09:35 am
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TechLover - Your first

TechLover - Your first sentence does have merit. It just may cut down on our drug problem. SURPRISE, it came back clean and I got paid back pay. You should be proud and happy.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/17/09 - 09:44 am
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I though ya'll didn't like

I though ya'll didn't like lawyers? It was over 7 years ago, I'm sure the statue of limitatios has expired. Not worth the hassle anyway. Thank for the suport. I WOULD like to know who the idiot was though. justignorethefacts: The point is that those who oppose reform have a vested interest in the current system and those who oppose it the most seem to have the most interest. Had to pay $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud got booted by the board (replaced by Senator Bill Frist's bother, who founded HCA, by the way) and he's only a crook "in my opininon". That's a good one.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/17/09 - 09:48 am
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lola:They're still getting

lola:They're still getting money off the government teat. Probably more so. cobal: Actually, I sort of have an aversion to being falsely accused.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/17/09 - 10:03 am
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techie (since we are

techie (since we are resorting to name distortion), being opposed to Obamacare does not mean you are opposed to reform.

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convertedsoutherner 07/17/09 - 10:05 am
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Read page 16 in the health

Read page 16 in the health care reform. The following gives you a brief synopsis: Individual medical insurance under the prezbho health plan; would be banned after his plan is initiated. You could keep your present plan but wouldn't be able to change to another, other than the guv'mint plan. Private insurance companies wouldn't be able to issue new policies so this would be the end of private insurance companies. This is the prezbho plan to end private industries and take total control. And the blind and gullible libs complained about the control of Bush. There is no comparison to what this bunch of crooks are doing.

grouse
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grouse 07/17/09 - 10:27 am
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In other words, Irish, stick
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In other words, Irish, stick it to the little guy.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/17/09 - 10:46 am
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Don't mind "techie" at all.

Don't mind "techie" at all.

TechLover
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TechLover 07/17/09 - 10:50 am
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grouse: Does Irish have a

grouse: Does Irish have a post on here?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/17/09 - 11:05 am
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TECH, nobody is saying we
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TECH, nobody is saying we don't need healthcare reform. We're saying government run healthcare isn't the answer. Geeze, Louise, even the CBO says this bill is too expensive...and that office isn't run by Republicans!

grouse
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grouse 07/17/09 - 11:10 am
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Irish is the letter writer.
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Irish is the letter writer.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/17/09 - 11:11 am
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Most appear to think the

Most appear to think the healthcare bill(s) is a disaster and most appear to think Cap and Trade is a disaster. Have you called your conressman and your senators. Call them and be passionate about whatever you believe. Admittedly, with this communist regime in power, they will probably not listen but you need to remind them of next year's election. You can also protest by moving your money into tax free investments and starve these communists of revenue. It will take a while. Especially since they are making the effective dates of all of these programs AFTER their next election. Their intent is to run up the debt and leave the paying to the Republicans who will undoubtedly succeed them hoping they will get the blame. Hopefully the Republicans will be powerful enough and smart enough to repeal most of what the communists have implemented. If not, there is always a REAL revolution option. Apparently FREEDOM does require a little blood letting periodically. We are a Republic. That means no matter who "won", they do not have the right to take away my FREEDOM, my money, or dictate my lifestyle. Not without some of them dying in the process. This "midnight" lawmaking is "oppressive".

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