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“The Repub­li­cans won’t take on these pop­u­lar fea­tures of the (health­care re­form) law. Nor will they do away with the man­date on in­di­vid­u­als to get cov­er­age—the in­sur­ers in­sist on it in or­der to have enough healthy peo­ple in the in­sured pool to make it af­ford­able to cover the lessthan-healthy with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. ... There is a way for the Repub­li­cans to im­prove on the law—by strength­en­ing its ane­mic ef­fort to re­form this coun­try’s dys­func­tional med­i­cal-mal­prac­tice sys­tem. The cur­rent sys­tem fosters costly de­fen­sive medicine, pro­vides ben­e­fits to too few de­serv­ing vic­tims of physi­cians’ mis­takes, forces doc­tors in many spe­cial­ties to buy high-pre­mium in­surance poli­cies, and dis­cour­ages the open re­port­ing of treat­ment er­rors, even though such in­for­ma­tion could lead to gen­uine im­prove­ments in med­i­cal care. … The health re­form law is by no means per­fect. But it does ex­tend cov­er­age to mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who lacked it and ends some of the most abu­sive prac­tices of the in­surance in­dus­try. Repub­li­cans should use their new-found po­lit­i­cal clout to im­prove the law, not undo it.”

—Bos­ton Globe “The Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion’s ag­gres­sive cam­paign this week against loom­ing cuts to the fees doc­tors are paid through Medi­care is a stark ex­am­ple of the biggest prob­lem with a govern­ment-pro­vided health plan. Given the costs in­volved, the govern­ment can ei­ther ra­tion the care it pro­vides, cut down the num­ber of pa­tients doc­tors are will­ing to see, or raise taxes to ex­tend a higher level of cov­er­age. Pri­vate providers face the same chal­lenges, of course, ex­cept they fund them­selves through premi­ums, not taxes. But their so­lu­tions aren’t as po­lit­i­cal, and when they com­pete amongst them­selves they pro­vide choices and re­spond to mar­ket pres­sures to re­duce costs. Un­for­tu­nately, the mas­sive health re­form law passed by the now lame-duck Congress did lit­tle to at­tack the cost of health­care. It also pro­poses to pay for part of its cost by cuts to Medi­care, which leads us back to the cur­rent bat­tle, and the AMA. Any cuts to Medi­care will be dif­fi­cult po­lit­i­cally. ... So­lu­tions to Medi­care de­pend on pri­vate, not govern­ment, so­lu­tions.”

—De­seret News, Salt Lake City

“There is a way for the Repub­li­cans to im­prove on the (health­care re­form) law— by strength­en­ing its ane­mic ef­fort to re­form this coun­try’s dys­func­tional med­i­cal-mal­prac­tice sys­tem.”

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