It is undisputed that tort reform would significantly lower medical costs in the United States. As it is now, doctors routinely order tests and procedures that are unnecessary because of concerns that they may have missed something and could face a future medical malpractice claim. So maybe your asking yourself, gee, if it would lower costs, why wouldn't tort reform be included in health care reform? Well, Howard Dean has now provided us with the answer, and it is pretty unseemly.
Update: Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer commented on Howard Dean's admission about the failure to make tort reform part of health care reform: