As medical providers, we feel an obligation to ensure that our fellow physicians can work with their patients outside of a court to address valid medical incidents instead of relying exclusively on the courts. Furthermore, reforming our current court system will reduce legal abuse and increase the likelihood that justice will truly be served.
Thus, the question still remains: Why did health care reform not include meaningful medical liability reform? Unfortunately, we believe that former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean got it right when he said at a town hall meeting last year that the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers.
Repealing ObamaCare and reforming our health care system in a responsible manner continues to be our primary goal a goal that our constituents sent us here to achieve. Thus, we remain committed to passing comprehensive medical liability reform as part of the solution. With a savings of at least $200 billion annually in defensive medicine costs, we can see no reason not to act immediately.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.) is an obstetrician/gynecologist and chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus. Rep. John Fleming (La.) is a family physician and vice chairman of the caucus.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.