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By John Fritze, USA TODAY


WASHINGTON — In an election year dominated by health care, dozens of candidates for Congress have a catchy campaign slogan at their disposal: Send a doctor to the House.

Forty-seven physicians — 41 Republicans and six Democrats — are running for the House or Senate this year, three times the number of doctors serving in Congress today, according to a USA TODAY review.

An influx of doctors to Congress could alter the landscape for future debates over Medicare and rising insurance premiums months after lawmakers approved President Obama's 10-year, $938 billion health care law.

Physician candidates start with at least one political advantage: voter confidence. A Gallup Poll in March found 77% of Americans trust doctors to do "the right thing" on health policy, compared with 32% for Republican leaders and 49% for Obama.
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The truth is I'm not capable of defining it. I'll admit that.


I think you could Mike. You dont need to do the calculation yourself, you could use California, whove already enacted tort reform with regard to Health Care, as a comparative model, Is health care in California significantly less than yours Mike? If so by how much.

California may be a bad example though.
You could use the CBO estimate, they have all the figures and have done the calculation already, and they say health care tort reform could save up to $4.1 billion a year, thats between 2-3% of the total cost of health care. Not a very big saving.

Its still something though, as you rightly say, however there are several potential costs to enacting tort reform that make enactment far less of a slam-dunk decision that it seems.


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     That's an interesting point of view, Mike, considering that my last comment contained no sarcasm at all, at least none that I intended.  Should I intend sarcasm, I like to be aware of it.

     I certainly don't intend to leave you out of any comments I make, should I feel the inclusion appropriate, so feel free to ignore me or chime in as feels best to you at the time.  You do occasionally withdraw in a state of high indignation for shorter or longer periods, and, for my part, you are always missed.  I don't always agree with you, but you do say some interesting things.

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I think this is a pretty fair assessment of many people's feelings...

"I am as irate as anyone at the way that Obama and Pelosi, like a pair of old-time bootleggers, strong-armed members of Congress into voting for ObamaCare. But just because the Republicans fought back, I'm not as prepared as some to give them a pass. ... I would say to GOP politicians, you had control of the House, the Senate and the Oval Office from 2001-2007, but you didn't do a darn thing about health insurance. It's only now that the liberals are gobbling up one-sixth of the economy that you're suddenly all for tort reform and allowing insurance companies to compete across state borders. When you had the power, all that people like John McCain and the rest of you punks did was cozy up to people like Feingold and Kennedy, like a bunch of school girls hoping the liberals would ask you to the prom. ... [I]nstead of behaving responsibly, you cheered Bush on when he signed a blank check to cover pharmaceuticals. You patted him on the back and took a few bows yourself, as if you or he were personally picking up the tab for granny's meds. ... I'm not suggesting that I don't despise Obama, Pelosi, Waxman and the other left-wing gnomes, but just letting you know that there's more than enough well-deserved contempt to go around. So don't assume that simply because you call yourself a Republican and make nice with the Tea Party crowd that we trust you any farther than we can throw Barney Frank." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

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I love Burt! He's one of my favorite columnists! He's also the only one who has ever replied to an email from me thanking me for writing him.
 
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