Framing the Issue of Malpractice Caps

Pioneer Local (Chicago) has an editorial from Dan Kotin on the new Illinois Supreme Court decision that caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits violates the Illinois Constitution’s separation of powers. He makes an interesting point that sounds from one angle like a classic Tea Party ideology:

That means a jury of 12 citizens should decide what is proper compensation for another citizen, not politicians sitting in Springfield.

Take the power away from the politicians and give it to the people. This is classic fare from the right wing. It seems to me this is the best way to explain the problem with malpractice caps to people who are on the fence.