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I think just the opposite.

The numbers indicate otherwise.

For one small example, look at the docs in charge of Healthcare Partners and Davita - they're making lots of money on the changes precisely because they understand healthcare policy, economics, and what changes are coming. And in general they're big supporters of Obama.

This is a small sample and they're obviously not economically literate. They may be voting in their short term personal self interest.

For another example, look at HCA's Clinical Allignment initiative to get area docs all working with each other in a collaborative way so as to increase quality and capitalize on back-end savings. Universal Health Services (UHS) has a similar effort.

How is this relevant to Obamacare?

It's true that tort reform was never part of the initial system changes, and every nonsense claim has a deep impact on the individual physicians involved that nobody but us gives a damn about. But that doesn't mean there can't/won't be changes in the future once we get past the initial stages of extreme Republican obstructionism. In doing something about rising health care costs for our society, tort reform isn't an area where a large impact can be made. That's not to say that one lawsuit isn't costly for one doc, or that marginal docs don't practice defensive medicine. They're separate issues.

Extreme Republican obstructionism? Seriously? You betray your own extreme left-wing bias.

Your statement about tort reform lacks any factual basis. Expert analysis indicates that real tort reform (especially when combined with free market reforms) might save hundreds of billions of dollars per year. Even in an era of left-wing trillion dollar deficits, that's some serious cash.

"Marginal docs" don't practice defensive medicine? Wow, you obviously have no basic knowledge of how medicine operates. EVERY doc that sees patients practices defensive medicine - if they don't, they are sued out of practice very quickly.

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