Start with reforming malpractice suits

Regarding Doris Crutchfield's letter to the editor ("We need health care; Obama can deliver," July 24):

I'm sure we're all certain of that, providing all of the Senate Democrats cave in to this obviously outrageous plan that has been deemed by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to be an unsustainable economic disaster.

In addition to the enormous tax burden the authors plan to levy on small business owners, the very people who provide the lion's share of the nation's employment, its implementation would effectively force private insurers out of business, as they would be unable to compete with a government-run system that can print money at its whim.

This is an effort by this administration to take control of yet another aspect of our lives, our health care industry, in which politicians would decide what procedures and treatments doctors would be allowed to perform.

Any medical practitioner familiar with socialized medicine abroad will tell you horror stories of how well it works there.

Our health care system is certainly in need of tweaking to reduce costs, but not a bloated government taxpayer assault and takeover such as President Obama envisions.

A good place to start would be to enforce reasonable and realistic limits on awards in malpractice suits.

Current data indicate there are about 47 million Americans without any kind of health insurance -- 15 percent of the U.S. population of 307 million. If the cost of malpractice insurance were significantly reduced, perhaps health coverage could be brought within the means of a good portion of that 15 percent.

Terrence Bedell

Appling

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