Health reform repeal vote symbolizes "blind and unfocused rage"

Posted April 4, 2011

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Regarding "House shifts to medical liability overhaul after health reform vote" (link): Concerning the recent House of Representatives repeal vote of "Obamacare," I am struck by the blind and unfocused rage that one of our political parties -- Republicans -- is expressing, accompanied by no constructive plan to actually overhaul a too expensive, too exclusive and too neglected aspect of our economy and nation.

The act voted in and signed by Democrats is certainly not perfect, but, as the AMA has astutely noted, its core provisions are those upon which an ideal system can be constructed.

The Republican Party would do well to look out for the welfare of the country as a whole instead of the incessant focus on "tort reform," which is a reliable phantom with no resolution.

Jeffrey Edelman, MD, St. Louis

Editor's note: The article cited appeared online only.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/04/04/edlt0404.htm.

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