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Medical Malpractice Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SCALISE. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 5, the bill that we're bringing to the floor today to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, this group of 15 unelected bureaucrats here in Washington, D.C., that, under the President's health care law, would be able to ration care for our Nation's seniors.

I think most hardworking American families out there would much rather the decisions on health care to be made between a patient and a doctor, not some unelected bureaucrats to be allowed to ration our grandmother's care. So that's why we're repealing this law. Hopefully, it's going to be sent over to the Senate, and we'll finally be able to get some good bipartisan support over there.

As part of this reform, we are also not just repealing, we're replacing with real commonsense medical liability reform. This is something that should have been in the President's law, but of course his law wasn't about reform; it was about a government takeover. We are actually putting in place legislation that would put commonsense medical liability reform in place.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 40 percent of medical malpractice suits filed in the United States are ``without merit.'' Well, what does that do? That dramatically increases the cost of health care because so many doctors out there will tell you that many of the tests they run on us are not because of our health, to look at health outcomes; it's to avoid frivolous lawsuits. We finally addressed that, lowering the costs and improving quality of care.

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