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Tort Reform Can Lower Costs Without Harming Health Care. So Why Isn’t It in Obama’s Plan?

The possible magic bullet for improving the health care system is off the table. Why? Follow the money.

Sammy Benoit


August 14, 2009 - 12:00 am
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The latest Federal Election Commission data (released 7/13/09) reports that President Obama received the most cash of any candidate from lawyers or law firms — more than $43 million. He received almost three times more from them than Hillary Clinton ($15 million) and more than four times the amount John McCain received ($9.9 million). President Obama received almost 50 percent of all dollars from the legal industry, and two-thirds of all legal industry dollars went to Democrats Obama and Clinton.

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So which is it — fairness or campaign dollars? It’s difficult to present any logical reason Obama would not include tort reform in his health care planning, yet it is quite easy to fathom $43,071,129 financial reasons.

The Democratic Party’s attack on the insurance industry is taking the public’s eye off a larger culprit — the party and the president’s relationship with the legal profession.

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Sammy Benoit is the editor of the political blog The Lid.
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