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Hmmm. He's my governor, too. I really like him, and he was great for Philly, but he does have a certain Vichy quality that comes to the fore when he wheels and deals with the opposition. But remember, he's a genuine politician, with all the good and bad that implies, so while sometimes he can almost perform miracles in accomplishing things, other times he seems to just sell out. I'm still waiting to see what he can do for mass transit. So far, bupkus.

I'm waiting to hear what he does for mass transit too. What did you think of his fund for medmal insurance costs? Seems like a weasly solution to me, but it's probably the only one we can manage now. I should research that more.

I don't know much about it. I do know if he researched how CA handled it, he'd know that caps don't work, but insurance regulation does. He's been very quick to cave to the docs on this. I'm a state employee, and they demonstrated in front of our building when they were threatening to leave the state. It seemed as if everyone was buying the line about nonsensical lawsuits.

Let me tell you something. My work involves investigating discrimination complaints, which has sometimes included the medical establishment. I've seen documents generated by state investigations and hospital investigations of malpratice issues involving patients being abused and injured by drunk, senile, or negligent/incompetent doctors. The leeway the medical community gives to incompetent and dangerous doctors is absolutely frightening. It's an aspect of rising malpractice rates that no one wants to touch, God knows why. The God Complex or something.

I'm grateful to hear from someone in the industry that malpractice actually exists. The AMA - with help from the tort "reform" people who are cynically using medicine as a way to completely knock down the door to unlimited corporate power - keeps a tight lid on that can of worms.

As for me, my mom's a nurse. I never had any illusions about doctors - or nurses for that matter.

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