President Obama and Medical Malpractice Reform

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Last month, in a move that many trial attorneys believe will reduce the quality of patient care, President Obama submitted a budget that calls for a major revamping of medical malpractice laws.

As explained in this NPR article, Obama’s proposed reform includes provisions that will substantially change the current process, if enacted:

President Barack Obama’s budget calls for $250 million in state grants to revamp medical malpractice laws. The grants would allow states to set up health courts — courts where medically-trained judges, not juries — would decide malpractice cases…

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