Obama against caps for malpractice suits
Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen, American medical Association
“I'm not advocating caps on malpractice awards, which I personally believe can be unfair to people who've been wrongfully harmed,” Obama said, adding that he wants to scale back “defensive medicine.”
Most providers favor payment caps as a way to curb frivolous lawsuits, malpractice insurance premiums and defensive care.
Obama said he would meet providers to discuss liability reform, encouraging “evidence-based medicine” so physicians would not see the need to order unnecessary tests they say are only needed to prevent lawsuits.
As a senator, Obama co-authored an article on liability reform with future rival Hillary Clinton that was published in the May 2006 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.