Confused? Go Fly a Kite
Usually when politicians explain that an issue is complex or that it requires a multi-faceted, nuanced approach it means that they are ducking the simple, politically difficult solution. Such is the case with medical insurance liability reform. The Florida Senate is behaving as if the medical malpractice insurance liability crisis is rocket science when, in reality, it is no more difficult to understand than flying a kite. The nut of the issue is that Florida doctors and hospitals unfortunately get sued. Health care providers get insurance in order to cover the costs of getting sued. The costs of this insurance are skyrocketing. Medical liability insurance costs are skyrocketing because of the accelerating frequency in enormous jury awards under “non economic damages.” Other states have capped the potential payout under non economic damages, solving the problem. Now is that complicated?