David Dewhurst

Looking back now, our legislative success in 2003 and its positive impact on our state is proof that government can improve health care when it institutes free market reforms then gets out of the way. In Texas, this approach enabled hospitals and other health care providers to spend more in treatment, prevention and the delivery of health care services and less on out of control liability insurance costs. This also led to increased investment in medical facilities, more health care jobs and a better quality of life for our citizens.

All in all, we'd say the battle for tort reform was not only worth the effort, but also set an example that our elected leaders in Washington would be wise to follow. If the Texas model were to be adopted by our sister states, it could offset some of the tragic consequences of the passage of Obamacare.


David Dewhurst

David Dewhurst is the Lieutenant Governor of Texas.