September 21, 2012
Tort Law in Recent State of the Union Addresses
Thanks to comments from Tony Francis and TPM, I know that George W. Bush discussed medical liability reform in his 2005 State of the Union address. Also, in 2011, Barack Obama called for medical liability reform to cut down on frivolous lawsuits and save the government money. It makes sense that tort law and reform would appear more in SoU addresses, which are policy-oriented, than in inaugural addresses, which focus on very broad principles.
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I ran across this interesting tidbit. President Obama has said more about tort reform (admittedly not too much) than President Reagan did in eight years. The latter never mentioned tort reform in either inaugural address or in any SOTU addresses. Apparently, he only mentioned it once in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce in 1986. Interestingly, he never criticized trial lawyers either.
Posted by: Tony Francis | Sep 22, 2012 6:53:04 AM