Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Senator making sense? That's weird.

I came across this and was very surprised to hear it coming out of a Senator's mouth.  I didn't know we had people in D.C. who referred to actual facts instead of just talking points when discussing policy.  Granted Senator Durbin did use a particularly emotional reference to some woman's medical malpractice case to support his point, on the whole I think he was honest and direct.  I enjoyed his reference to Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, which I just finished reading and plan to post a review soon.  Medical malpractice reform is by no means a bad idea, but it's not some cure-all for health care costs.  And people whose lives are forever changed by gross medical negligence (i.e. not something that can be easily remedied by another operation paid for by the erring party) do deserve fair compensation for the impact the error has had on their lives.  I'd be interested to see how many lawsuits are of the unwarranted "get rich if they let me" kind or just someone trying to get their medical and legal fees paid for because a medical error was made that lead to those costs.

Anywho, here's the video:

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