The Hill mentions that Justice Stevens may retire next year. That would be bad. We don't need the jerk in chief who despises the constitution to pick any more replacements. I think the 2nd pick will be more radical and maybe even more statist than Sotomoyer.
The Argus reprinted a Free Press Editorial on Rick Snyder. I find it interesting that for all of Snyder's talk about not being a politician, that he gives the most political answers out of anybody. Where's the specifics?
One thing not mentioned in any health care bill out there. Tort Reform. My defense leanings isn't limited to criminal defense, but civil tortuous defense as well. Politico has a good piece here from Newt Gingrich. One of the highest costs is malpractice insurance and the extra tests that are require because of malpractice claims. Not only are judgment costs passed over to patients, but so is the extra tests that are given to avoid those claims.
Defensive medicine is one of the largest contributors to wasteful spending, and it can manifest in many forms: unnecessary CT scans, x-rays, MRIs, cardiac testing and inappropriate hospital admissions. A 2005 survey in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 93 percent of doctors reported practicing defensive medicine. These unnecessary and expensive tests and procedures are not ordered to advance the care and treatment of a patient or help the physician diagnose a medical problem. These tests and procedures are ordered exclusively to protect a physician from a potential and likely frivolous lawsuit.
In a recent speech before the American Medical Association, even President Obama said that doctors shouldn’t “feel like they are constantly looking over their shoulder for fear of lawsuits.” The president recognized that defensive medicine is “a real issue” but there is nothing in the bill to protect physicians from frivolous lawsuits. And, there is nothing in the bill to help stop defensive medicine.
Lastly, September 8, 3:30 PM is the tea party in Brighton. There are also tea parties earlier in Jackson and later in Troy. I'm not sure if I can make it, but I'm just passing at along. A message needs to be sent that less government is more freedom. Lower taxes AND spending.