From Tom Barnes
At a medical practice in Camp Hill today, just across the river from Harrisburg, 20 doctors in white coats met with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey to criticize President Obama’s newly enacted federal health care program.
They said it gives "bureaucrats’’ from the federal government and insurance companies too much power over health care and damages the relationships that doctors have with their patients.
The doctors endorsed Mr. Toomey in his Senate race against the Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who voted for the "Obamacare’’ program.
Mr. Toomey called for "tort reform,’’ meaning putting limits on the amount of non-economic financial damages that a jury can award to a plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit. A customary limit is $250,000 for non-economic penalties, also called payments for a patient’s "pain and suffering.’’
He said states such as Texas and California have such caps and the costs to doctors for "med mal’’ insurance is much lower. The doctors said that states with lower med mal insurance costs attract doctors from states such as Pennsylvania.
Mr. Toomey also said that the new federal health care program, supported by President Obama, House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Mr. Sestak, will impose $522 billion in new and higher taxes on Americans and businesses over the next 10 years.
"It will destroy jobs and makes no sense at all,’’ he said.