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October 03, 2006



The entry reads:
"Useless Congress? Med-mal issues are still on shelf. And the GOP runs the exec. and the leg. branches. Huh?"

Although the original piece is no longer available, I think the blog entry describes the "issue" well enough for comment:

The President (executive branch) has repeatedly called for liability reform and has promised to sign it.

The House of Representatives (legislative branch, yes, controlled by Republicans)has PASSED medical liability reform legislation in various forms TEN TIMES since med mal reform became a big issue.

The Senate (legislative branch) is ALSO controlled by Republicans), but that doesn't really MATTER in the US Senate because of the filibuster, which requires 60 (SIXTY) of 100 senators to vote for cloture in order to be able to VOTE on an actual bill. The US Senate has "voted" on medical liability reform FIVE TIMES - and all five times, a MINORITY of Senators have prevented the bill from reaching the Senate Floor for a vote. In every vote, a majority of Senators voted in favor of the House version, but the majority which favored reform was unable to obtain 60 votes for cloture, following a Democratic filibuster of the bills. EVERY DEMOCRAT IN THE SENATE voted against letting medical liability bills to the Senate Floor. Depending on the bill, three or four turncoat Republicans joined them.

So.....don't blame the Republicans for the lack of medical liability reform. Blame the completely screwed up "rules of engagement" of the US Senate, for allowing the minority to set and prevent policy.....

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They should have thought about it in the first place. But still not bad after all.

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