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Christine O'Donnell - Chris Coons Debate: Healthcare reform, for or against?

October 13, 2010 |  5:26 pm

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Democrat Chris Coons supports the Obama healthcare reform bill. Yes, he said, "It's not perfect, there's problems with it, but rather than turning it back and going through another year of two of partisan bickering ... I would stand for it and implement it."

What about malpractice liability limits and the fact that Democrats are close to trial lawyers, who are often big donors. Would you support malpractice reform? Coons is asked.

No, he said, because people have the right to seek redress, whether it's financial or "a medical procedure that went horribly wrong. I don't support caps on medical liability. ... I frankly think that's an important part of the American legal system."

Republican Christine O'Donnells responds: "This healthcare bill has caused costs to skyrocket. You say it's partisan bickering, but one out of four Democrats have gone on record saying they oppose this bill. ... Uncle Sam has no business coming in the examination room, coming between you and your doctor."

Coons bridles: "That's a great slogan, you toss it around wherever you go."

O'Donnell replies that the healthcare bill "gives the government the ability to say what kind of treament a doctor can and can't do, what kind it will fund. ... This healthcare bill has cut Medicare."

-- Robin Abcarian

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Photo: Nancy Pelosi and President Obama congratulate each other after healthcare reform legislation is signed into law. J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

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