(WASHINGTON) -- After releasing a report detailing ways to reduce the nation's national debt, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform received feedback that was generally negative.
Thursday, however, the Health Coalition on Liability and Access praised the commission co-chairs -- Erskine Bowles, former Clinton White House chief of staff, and former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo. -- for their endorsement of comprehensive medical liability reform in the commission's draft proposals.
"Medical liability reform must be a priority for the new Congress. Reform will not only reduce the cost of defensive medicine and our skyrocketing deficits, but it will preserve access to quality care for all Americans," said HCLA Chair Mike Stinson.
Stinson says the current system not only costs too much, but is "designed to benefit personal injury lawyers, not patients."
The commission's initial proposal includes plans to "pay lawyers less and reduce the costs of defensive medicine by adopting comprehensive tort reform."
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