Actually, there was a recent town hall meeting that was televised in which a question about tort reform was posed to Howard Dean. The journalist gave him a statistic as a prelude to the question that said 200 billion dollars could be saved by implementing tort reform alone.
I don't like arguing in political threads a whole lot...I was reluctant to post at all (but plc's post was just so ridiculous in my opinion that I couldn't help myself). Conservatives will be conservatives, liberals will be liberals, and neither side will win the argument. Divisions, especially ones around strictly party lines (as this topic is), do not interest me since it's usually bickering.
As for your post, I won't respond to it in the thread, but I do believe that tort reform will only lower costs by 1%-2%? Something like that. Certainly more needs to be done than that. It should be undertaken though.
I don't have a lot else to add though. Once my beloved public option died I basically stopped following the debate and as such I've become relatively unfamiliar with the issues and controversies haha.