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Good article on what is obviously a pivotal topic for all of us. I agree that keeping things short is better and that important legislation should be written (or version made) that communicates what will occur and how, in a manner that can be clearly understood. That said, for Tort reform (1 above) why not consider a no-fault provision that would go before an appointed board (preferably state) to be ruled on. There are models for this in other countries. All such cases would be decisioned in lets say 90 or 120 days. As there would be a public record of non-fault descions, a consumer can get some idea of the performance of providers. As for $250,000 for pain and suffering that seems to low. $500,000 to a million word be better served particularly for egregious pain and suffering cases. Additionally, why not mandate as part of tort reform that a portion (percentage) of all monies collected by such decisions be applied to support the pool of those that have preexisting conditions.
Steve, an Independent in Portland Oregon
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