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Letters: Affordable Care Act

July 15, 2013

It was interesting to read the article dealing with Obamacare's so called Affordable Care Act involvement with dentistry in the sense that it was falling short of needs for people.

While the article does not state the ADA is endorsing the ACA, I think we as a profession need to be very careful about wanting to be included in any aspect of the ACA as it's going to be a train wreck and the dental profession does not need to be on it.

What should have been done was to simply copy the two-tiered tort reform bills passed in Texas during the last 10 years. The first was a limit on noneconomic damages for medical malpractice lawsuits. This brought an enormous influx of medical personnel of all types to the state because they could survive economically. The second bill passed a couple of years ago was a losers pay system where in many suits, the losing party pays the legal fees of the other party. This has seen a dramatic drop in frivolous lawsuits, greatly reducing business costs on many levels.

If national lawsuit abuse legislation were to be enacted, we could see the same economic results as evidenced by Texas's experience.

Dr. James P. Economos,
Bartlett, Ill.