Yesterday the Republican Party gave up another piece of its soul when the House of Representatives voted to restrict the ability to bring medical malpractice cases nationwide. I wrote about this pending legislation back in March.
So let’s review some core conservative principles and see why I wrote that the party sold its soul:
First, the GOP claims to believe in states rights, and have been more than happy to hoist that banner to proclaim that the federal government should keep its nose out of state issues such as same-sex marriage. Local control is a big thing for conservatives. Huge.
By federalizing medical malpractice laws to slap an artificial, one-size-fits-all 250K cap on pain and suffering awards — most clearly a statewide function — the GOP went 100% contrary to its conservative ideology. This is the exact opposite of the limited government that the party claims to follow.
Second, the GOP likes to claim it is the party of personal responsibility, and never shies away from telling the downtrodden to pull themselves up by their own damn bootstraps. Here, the Republicans once again do a complete about face, and grant privileges and immunities to those that actually committed the wrongful acts. The GOP granting immunities for negligence? A 100% rejection of its own core philosophy.
Third, the GOP now saddles the public (and the injured) with costs that should be dealt with in the private sector. Serious injuries cause people to lose jobs and opportunities, saddles them with debts, and otherwise makes their lives miserable. They often will be forced onto public assistance and Medicaid. Instead of the costs being paid by the tortfeasor, via their insurance policies, the costs would be paid with your tax dollars. Kinda like socialism.
So there you have it, a complete abdication of conservative principles, in favor of a more powerful government with a socialistic policy of the taxpayer paying the costs caused by the doctors and hospitals.
This was called a “tort reform” bill. I would have called it the Big Government-Tortfeasors-Protection-Socialism-Act.