NewTalk tag:newtalk.org,2008-02-07://2 2013-06-05T16:30:37Z Where experts discuss America's toughest issues Movable Type Publishing Platform 4.02a Common Good/CED-Commissioned Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Medical Liability Reform & Health Courts tag:newtalk.org,2009://2.93 2009-09-10T19:46:24Z 2009-09-10T20:34:56Z A new nationwide poll (pdf) commissioned jointly by NewTalk's parent organization Common Good and the Committee for Economic Development, and conducted by Clarus Research Group, reveals vast public support for medical liability reform and specialized health courts—83% of American voters... Admin A new nationwide poll (pdf) commissioned jointly by NewTalk's parent organization Common Good and the Committee for Economic Development, and conducted by Clarus Research Group, reveals vast public support for medical liability reform and specialized health courts—83% of American voters want Congress to address medical liability reform as part of any health care reform package, and 67% support the creation of health courts.

In his address to Congress last night, President Barack Obama proposed moving forward on a range of medical liability reform ideas that “put patient safety first and let doctors focus on practicing medicine.”  Common Good’s health courts proposal, as explained by founder and chair (and frequent NewTalker) Philip K. Howard in this New York Times op-ed, does exactly that.

“The American people want the system of medical justice to change,” Howard stated in a press release announcing the poll’s results.  “They are saying it in very large numbers, and they want it to change as part of health care reform.”

You can read the full press release—which includes endorsements from Senators Mike Enzi (R-NV) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), and former Senator Bill Bradley—, and the pdf summary of the poll results on Philip K. Howard's website.

[PhililpKHoward.com]

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