One of the major accusations against Obama's nominee to head up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick, is that he "loves" Britain's National Health Service. Ergo, he loves socialism, ergo he is a Marxist.
For most, the term "tort reform" is empty and meaningless. But here's what it means: taking away the legal rights of patients, injured through no fault of their own, and preventing them from obtaining legal recourse.
Trial lawyers are a widely-despised lobby. Yet courts remain the only way individual Americans can redress grievances against the rich and powerful; they are a great leveler, and limits have had perverse effects.
Right now, sophisticated patients can look up on the Internet a doctor's basic credentials and lawsuit history but not much more. With a "no patient left behind" system of mandatory report cards, patients could comparison-shop for doctors based on what's important: not price but quality.