Critical Condition

Ignoring the Laboratories of Democracy

Just a few minutes ago, Sen. McCain was on the floor of the Senate praising Texas’ medical malpractice reforms. By all accounts, Texas’ reforms have been largely successful in attracting and retaining doctors while helping keep costs down.

It’s been repeatedly pointed out that many of the Democratic health care reforms under consideration in Congress have been tried in states such as Massachusetts, Oregon and Maine with poor results and yet they are proceeding undeterred at the national level. But it’s also telling that Democrats continue ignore state level reforms that have been shown to work as well.

UPDATE: Sen. Ensign is on the floor of the Senate praising Texas’ malpractice reform — he notes that since reform was enacted, Texas has 16,000 new doctors.