Lost in the aftermath of Joe Wilson’s shout heard ’round the world during President Obama’s speech last week was the anointment of Kathleen Sebelius as the leader of the Administration’s tort reform campaign.
Now, I don’t believe malpractice reform is a silver bullet, but I’ve talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs. So I’m proposing that we move forward on a range of ideas about how to put patient safety first and let doctors focus on practicing medicine. I know that the Bush administration considered authorizing demonstration projects in individual states to test these ideas. I think it’s a good idea, and I’m directing my Secretary of Health and Human Services to move forward on this initiative today.
For those of you who remember, before Kathleen Sebelius bailed on Kansas, she had accepted literally millions of dollars in campaign contributions from trial lawyers. That much is commonly known – here’s the part that most people forget.
From 1977 – 1986, Kathleen Sebelius served as the Executive Director and Chief Lobbyist of the Kansas Trial Lawyers’ Association.
Great – Obama taps a former industry lobbyist to lead tort reform. Knowing Governor Sebelius’ position on these issues pretty well – he would’ve been hard pressed to pick someone more opposed to tort reform than Kathy.
Thanks for throwing us a bone, Mr. President – at least we know how serious you are about finding bi-partisan solutions.