Ron Paul vs. Tort Reform


When you ask most Republican politicians what health policy ideas they support, one of the first things they tend to bring up is medical malpractice reform. The political advantages are obvious: Trial lawyers are both unpopular and a key Democratic constituency. The Congressional Budget Office, meanwhile, has estimated that reforming the medical malpractice system could save $54 billion over the next decade.

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), though, is not most Republicans. At last night's GOP primary debate, Paul argued against the idea, making the case against the sort of tort reform proposals that many other members of his party support (Rep. Paul shows up around the three minute mark): 

(Video via KHN.)