Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Nov. 20 called for placing a cap on medical-malpractice lawsuits, a point that drew loud applause at an Iowa medical school.
Mr. Romney focused on health care in an address to about 500 students and faculty at Des Moines University. As governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Romney pushed through a plan aimed at reducing the ranks of the uninsured in his state, a group once estimated at up to 500,000.
“I believe we have to enact federal caps on non-economic and punitive damages related to malpractice,” Mr. Romney said. “These lottery-sized awards and frivolous lawsuits may enrich the trial lawyers, but they put a heavy burden on doctors, hospitals and, of course through defensive medicine, they put a burden on the entire health care system.”
Mr. Romney also would encourage states to create health courts with judges experienced in handling medical-liability cases and would ask states to adopt sanctions against lawyers and others who repeatedly file frivolous malpractice claims, the Associated Press reports.
“We’ve got to rein in the incessant cost of medical liability,” he said. that examined the nation’s security before September 11 and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks announced Nov. 19 that he was endorsing John McCain — and not former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani — for president.
Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, a Republican like Mr. Giuliani and Mr. McCain, said the Arizona senator’s blend of congressional, military and foreign affairs experience left him the best equipped of the Republican candidates to serve in the White House.
“In the history of our nation, a mere handful of senators have exerted a greater influence over free men and free women than even some presidents of the United States. John McCain has been one of those senators, and he has tremendous respect throughout the world,” Mr. Kean said at Boston’s Logan International Airport, where the two jetliners that felled the World Trade Center were hijacked.
Mr. Kean also credited Mr. McCain with complete support for the September 11 panel’s 41 safety recommendations, as well as a post-attack overhaul of the nation’s intelligence services.