President Departs Little Rock after Visit to Tout Medical Liability

JANUARY 26, 2004 - Posted at 1:42 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - President Bush says limiting medical lawsuits will lower health care costs for individuals and for the government.

Bush met with doctors and then addressed a group at Baptist Health Mecical Center in Little Rock.

Bush says unnecessary lawsuits are driving up the costs of the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs.  Also, Bush argues that doctors are performing unnecessary procedures because they are afraid of being sued.  Bush says an increase in lawsuits is making it tough for some doctors to afford insurance, and the litigation is driving up costs for taxpayers.

Bush argues that the problem is a national one and that it must be addressed on the federal level.

Bush's stop in Little Rock lasted about two hours.  Air Force One has departed from Little Rock's airport.

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