Will The Clintons Take A Scalpel To Legal Fees?

Dan Quayle lives.

That's one of the surprising messages Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to deliver when she issues her blueprint for health-care reform in early May. A key part of the plan is likely to be the kind of legal reform the former Vice-President pushed in his frequent lawyer-bashing speeches: curbing medical-malpractice suits. Worried that the suits are driving up medical costs, the First Lady's task force could recommend replacing malpractice litigation with arbitration and shifting legal liability from individual doctors to groups of health-care providers. "If we're moving to a brave new world, we ought to take this on," says Randall R. Bovbjerg, senior research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., who is advising the Clinton health-care task force.

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