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Image from www.whitehouse.govThere weren't any big surprises where health care and Medicare were concerned during the hour-long State of the Union address last night. President Obama made it clear that the health reform law will not be repealed, only tweaked for improvement. He also hinted again at the possibility of his support for malpractice reform as a way to bring down costs.

"I'm willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year -- medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits," he said. It was a remark that drew Republican applause, but did not strengthen earlier committments he made to the idea of malpractice reform.


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