Quote from elkpark
I'm not sure whether I "agree" or "disagree" with Obama on this, because it's another of his middle-of-the-road, "this, but then again, that" statements. He isn't really taking a particular position, except possibly the part about being opposed to capping damages. Was that what you were referring to?
I think that his argument is what most people think. We see "defensive medicine" all the time, which absolutely raises costs, but then we also see the negligent doctor. Until there is a true effort to remove the negligent physician, the public is at risk, and the only recourse is the lawsuit.
We also see the "group treatment", where every consultant is called in from one group of doctors and every test ordered in each specialty, regardless of admitting diagnosis. Talk about raising the cost! Specialization is a great thing, but not every diagnosis needs 5 specialists to all say the same thing.
There is no easy answer, but the patient being the only one being asked to accept concessions isn't the answer.