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October 31, 2011

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Cilla Mitchell

Tort Reform is a legal weapon used in Texas against Texans ever since Governor Rick Perry signed the 2003 Tort Reform Act. When there are laws on the books preventing the common man from getting accountability, no telling what will happen.

Providing a link to a video showing the collateral damage left by Tort Reform.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT7rxa21_Xo

If link is not accessible, just Google Cleveland Mark Mitchell, then click on youtube Cleveland Mark Mitchell December 12 1950 - April 26 2008.

Thank you for your time.

Texmed

I think you're just a little confused. Tort reforms never said that HEALTH INSURANCE premiums would drop as a result of health care liability reform. What we did say was that LIABILITY INSURANCE premiums for physicians and hospitals needed to drop and that liablity reform would do that. It did.

Since our 2003 liability reforms in Texas, All carriers have cut their rates by more than 30%. Some have reduced their charged premium by more than half. The citizens of Texas -- especially the sickest and most badly injured patients -- have benefitted tremendously from the increased access to high quality medical care in the state.

For more healthy benefits of Texas liability reform, please see http://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=5238

Joe Consumer

Nope I’m afraid you are wrong about that. These quotes came right from the Prop. 12 campaign materials. As to the drop in medical malpractice premiums, right after the referendum passed, major Texas insurers requested rate hikes as high as 35 percent for doctors and 65 percent for hospitals. In April 2004, after one insurer’s rate hike request was denied, it announced it was using a legal loophole to avoid state regulation and increase premiums 10 percent without approval. In a 2004 filing to the Texas Department of Insurance, GE Medical Protective revealed that the state’s non-economic damage cap would be responsible for no more than a 1 percent drop in losses.

The ‘crisis’ of skyrocketing insurance rates for doctors and other policyholders ended around the country – in every state - when the insurance cycle stabilized, irrespective of whether or not ‘tort reform’ laws were enacted. This happened in 2006-2007. This is because what drives rate hikes has little if anything to do with the legal system. Follow the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers survey of market conditions and you will see steadily dropping med mal rates across the country for the past 5 year, irrespective of enactment of “tort reform.”

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