October 10, 2009 |
Medical malpractice reform is unlikely to cut healthcare spending significantly, the Congressional Budget Office reported Friday. Enacting a cap on pain-and-suffering and punitive damages, changing liability laws and tightening the statute of limitations on malpractice claims would lower total healthcare spending by about one-half of 1% each year -- $11 billion at the current level -- according to an estimate by the nonpartisan agency. The figure is far lower than previous estimates by groups backing malpractice reform.
October 1, 2009 |
Every circus needs a sideshow, which must be why every time the issue of rising medical costs gets debated, politicians start clamoring for "tort reform." You know the argument: Disgruntled patients, goaded on by unscrupulous lawyers, file frivolous malpractice lawsuits and walk off with millions of dollars in undeserved awards granted by teary-eyed jurors. Doctors respond by practicing "defensive medicine," ordering lots of unnecessary tests to cover their behinds. Bingo! Medical costs hit the stratosphere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2008 |
Laws to protect seniors and dependent adults from abuse by court-appointed conservators are under threat as California lawmakers seek painful cuts to close the state's $15.2-billion budget deficit. The laws were part of a sweeping reform package signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger two years ago after a Los Angeles Times series had exposed theft, abuse and negligence by some professional conservators appointed to look after seniors.
June 11, 2008
Re "O.C. tech billionaire indicted," June 6 Now that Henry T. Nicholas III has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly distributing drugs to prostitutes and customers of Broadcom, he may well regret that he funded the opposition campaign against the "three strikes" law reform. I think he should be given the maximum sentence for all of his offenses, each and every one, because that is what he advocated in the past. Jim Benson Garden Grove
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2007 |
Concerned about predatory practices and weak oversight of conservators serving as guardians for the elderly, the California Judicial Council on Friday approved a series of reforms aimed at protecting seniors from being "hijacked" into conservatorships and other abuses.
April 18, 2007 |
A year after a massive reworking of bankruptcy laws went into effect, the number of bankruptcy filings nationwide last year dropped to the lowest level in nearly 20 years, although experts said they might rise again this year. The total number of bankruptcy filings last year dropped 70% to 618,000, down from a record of 2.1 million in 2005, when people were rushing to file before the new laws were put in place, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S.