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Senate Proceeding on Dec 12th, 2007 :: 6:45:00 to 6:50:39
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Edward Kennedy

6:29:43 to 6:45:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edward Kennedy

Edward Kennedy

6:44:45 to 6:45:00( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. barrasso: today i join my colleagues to address an issue crippling america's health care system. that is, out-of-control medical malpractice

John Barrow

6:45:00 to 6:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: costs. wyoming, my whom state, has been listed by the american medical association as one of 19 medical liability crisis states. a few years ago one of only two companies selling liability insurance

John Barrow

6:45:00 to 6:50:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Barrow

John Barrow

6:45:15 to 6:45:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: in the state decided to leave the state leaving over 300 physicians scrambling for liability coverage. wyoming is losing obstetricians and gynecologists, emergency room doctors and general practitioners

John Barrow

6:45:31 to 6:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: and we are losing them because they cannot afford to pay the high cost of their liability premiums. what is special about wyoming in the science they pay exorbitant malpractice premiums? and why

John Barrow

6:45:45 to 6:46:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: is it so different from all of the doctors in the neighboring states? madam president, it's because all of the states bordering wyoming -- all of them -- have enacted liability insurance reform. wyoming

John Barrow

6:46:00 to 6:46:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: is the only state that has not. it is the hole in the doughnut surrounded by the other states that have reforms. providers in wyoming fear being sued and to compensate they order and spend millions and millions

John Barrow

6:46:19 to 6:46:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: of dollars in what's call defensive medicine ordering tests each year and patients and taxpayers pick up the tab. this liability crisis is especially unfair to rural women and children. and it

John Barrow

6:46:33 to 6:46:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: is so much unfair it them cause they are losing access to local doctors when they need them the most. rural and friend frontier states are disproportionate impact the when the local physician

John Barrow

6:46:50 to 6:47:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: who delivers babies leaves the state. we lost our only gynecologist in wheatland, wyoming, delivering babies in three counties. we only have 23 counties. many counties are larger than some states on the

John Barrow

6:47:03 to 6:47:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: east coast and he delivered babies in three counties leaving when the malpractice premiums went over $100,000 a year. pregnant women in new castle wyoming needed to travel over 80 miles to have babies

John Barrow

6:47:17 to 6:47:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: delivered when the three physicians practicing in that community were not able to afford the cost of their liability insurance. in my home community in caspar, a private obstetrician gynecologist

John Barrow

6:47:31 to 6:47:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: who was born and raised in caspar, wyoming, loved the community and wanted to live there and give back to the people in the community had premiums increased 300% in one year. some wyoming hospitals

John Barrow

6:47:47 to 6:48:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: are paying malpractice insurance premiums that exceed the amount they receive for delivering the baby of the wyoming gynecologists and family physicians who deliver babies pay $20,000 to $30,000

John Barrow

6:48:02 to 6:48:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: more each year for their insurance than their counterpart in surrounding states because our state to the south, colorado, instituted $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages. this is not just a financial issue.

John Barrow

6:48:15 to 6:48:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: it is a recruitment issue as we try to recruit physicians. we set up a family practice program, the wyoming family practice program where we train young physicians to deliver babies. and they are

John Barrow

6:48:26 to 6:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: very capably trained but they leave the state. the number one reason people decide where they want to practice is they disid based on where they train but still they leave because the malpractice premiums

John Barrow

6:48:42 to 6:48:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: are so much lower in the surrounding states. why? because the surrounding states have passed liability reforms so needed that are part of this bill. this body has a responsibility to act immediately.~ this

John Barrow

6:48:55 to 6:49:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: is for access for women having babies in rural communities. we should set reasonable limits on noneconomic tadges. we should provide for quicker reviews of liability cases. we should assure that claims

John Barrow

6:49:11 to 6:49:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: are filed within a reasonable time limit and we should educate people that frivolous lawsuits only add to the overall cost of their health care. that's why i support senator gregg and the position he has

John Barrow

6:49:30 to 6:49:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: taken today. his amendment would adopt a new liberty model for obstetricians and gynecologists based on the texas stack cap approach. you say, how successful is it? a large, full-paged story says after texas

John Barrow

6:49:44 to 6:49:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: caps malpractice awards, doctors rush to practice there. and of all of the specialties of physicians rushing to practice in texas, the number one specialty represented in new applicants is obstetrics

John Barrow

6:49:58 to 6:50:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: and gynecology. those very people who are so needed in rural communities to deliver babies. i want to thank senator gregg for his efforts. i want to encourage members to vote for the amendment. we need to

John Barrow

6:50:26 to 6:50:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: help ease the struggle that rural women face fl rush women who -- face. rural women who are seeking access to physicians not just for themselves, but also for their babies. thank you, madam president.

6:50:39 to 6:50:50( Edit History Discussion )

the presiding officer: there will now be two hours of debate equally divided on the dorgan-grassley amendment. senator from iowa. a senator: madam president, i ask consent to proceed for a couple of minutes

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