Daschle: Tort Reform Necessary In Health Care Bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Former Sen. Tom Daschle says controlling the cost of malpractice insurance will have to be a part of the Obama administration's overhaul of the health care system.

The onetime Democratic leader in the Senate said he believes "tort reform is going to be on the table," and that it's important that all "stakeholders" in the looming debate be given a chance to be heard.

Daschle also said that he thinks a significant portion of an estimated $76 billion in unnecessary annual health care costs can be attributed to doctors ordering extra tests and taking extra precautions to make sure "they aren't sued."

Daschle was President Barack Obama's first choice for secretary of health and human services, but withdrew his name in a controversy over his personal finances.

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