U.S. Chamber speaks out on malpractice reform 'demonstration projects'

The Chamber of Commerce has offered a statement regarding the tort reform “demonstration projects” that President Obama promised during his address to Congress last week.

“While we are encouraged that the Obama Administration has made medical liability reform part of their overall health care package, the $25 million state grant program announced today amounts to about 1-40,000th of one percent of the cost of a one trillion dollar health care bill.

“Studies have shown that meaningful medical malpractice reform can save from $120 billion to as much as $500 billion over a decade. But a small medical liability grant program will not be effective, and will preserve the status quo when it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits.”

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