I'll answer that! It's not hard at all. Especially when the speaker is trotting out already discounted arguments to make their dishonest point. In this case, it's Waura telling us all how America's medical system will be fixed if we can only cap payouts on medical malpractice suits. The lawyers are to blame. Insurance companies' role in the problem never comes up.
BushCo is trying to tell us that California is the model system for capped payouts and lower medmal insurance costs. But ConsumerWatchDog.org says otherwise. And they offer proof on their site. Here's the introduction from their Medical Malpractice Insurance Reform Resource Page:
President Bush, the insurance industry and the doctors' lobby want to limit the rights of injured patients who are victims of medical negligence, and they point to a 1975 California law as the model.
This online resource explains exactly what happened in California, including evidence that malpractice caps failed to lower insurance premiums, while insurance regulation, passed by California voters in 1988, succeeded. Review the Sacramento Bee chart that illustrates the differing impacts of malpractice caps and insurance regulation on doctors' premiums. Click on the links below to read FTCR's recent news releases, reports, Congressional testimony and to view the original documents that prove insurance regulation, not malpractice caps, lowered premiums for California doctors.
It's the first non-commercial site Google gives you if you search "California medical malpractice insurance rates." But the local paper, and as far as I can tell, every major paper, has ignored that information. It's simply impossible for people to make an informed decision with coverage like this.
Related point: The likely GOP challenger from the PA-8th, anti-choice pol, Mike Fitzpatrick, was contacted for a response to Waura's speech and gave a hint as to what he'll be running on:
County Commissioner Michael Fitzpatrick said affordable health care was the third most important election issue for Bucks residents, with homeland security first and a strong economy second.
He said Laura Bush's comments were "right on. She speaks the facts."
Which, of course, she doesn't.