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December 2, 2010

President Zack Statement Re: Medical Malpractice Proposals in Report of National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

ABA President Stephen N. Zack

ABA President Stephen N. Zack

There is not a single American who does not support the overall principles of the deficit commission and they should be praised for taking on such a hard and complicated issue. The ABA has just received this report and will immediately study its proposals.

However, regarding medical malpractice claims, this fundamental principle holds true: People who are hurt must have a way to be made whole, and have their long term care and expenses covered. Also, many attempts to allegedly “solve” medical malpractice litigation offer a cure that may be worse than the problem by requiring government funding, reducing fair and individual treatment of cases, and limiting state’s rights.

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