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Top Nine Health Care Charts You’ve Never Seen Before

posted at 5:14 pm on December 19, 2009 by

Trial lawyers are the second biggest donor to the Democrats’ Political Action Committee, trailing only the union bosses of the IBEW.

The “lawsuit industry” gives more money (roughly $127 million in 2008) to Congress than every sector of the health care industry, combined.

Medical malpractice costs continue to skyrocket to new historical highs, growing far faster than any other component of health insurance premiums.

Which makes the percentage of your health premium going to pay for the trial lawyers’ mansions roughly 75%.

And trial lawyers bring in more money than either Microsoft or Pfizer.



Tort reform is an easy way to reduce health care costs without destroying the entire system.

But Democrats — in their current addled state — won’t have a bit of it. They require money, power and control. And the trial lawyers continue to provide them with sustenance.

Charts: Source. Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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For years, we have been told by the LSM that SS is the third rail of American politics. Looks like the real third rail is lawyers. Imagine being lied to by the LSM.

Very informative.

GnuBreed on December 19, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Malpractice rates are going up.

First to go will be the OB’s. OB/GYN’s pay the highest malpractice insurance rates. They won’t all leave, some will just drop the OB part of their practice and a lot will just cut back. Pediatricians make some of the lowest salaries of all physicians, couple that with the lower yet payments in SCHIP, and the climbing malpractice – they will also be looking to change fields or make other changes.

All Physicians who don’t quit or go cash only, will most likely be cutting back – the less patients you see the less malpractice you pay.

All the women who voted for Obama
All the women who voted for the Democrats
All the women who were so concerned about “women’s issues”
All are going to be the ones totally screwed out of health care for them & their children. The very people who they put into power are running off the only doctors and providers who will care for them. The irony is obscene.

batterup on December 19, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Nice homework. Too bad we can’t sneak a typo into “the Bill” that limits malpractice awards such that only unions and registered Democrats have to subsidize them. Oh yeah, and go to the back of the line at the medical offices.

Robert17 on December 20, 2009 at 9:48 AM