I have no particular opinion on Texas tort reform. Certainly something in that state was very broken in terms of crazy, stupid unfair malpractice jury verdicts, but I am not a big fan of setting damage caps as a solution.
Anyway, as part of the great Leftish dogpile on all things Texas, Kevin Drum argues it failed because ... the total percentage of people in Texas with health insurance did not change.
Huh??? First, only the Left believes that the statistic on percentage of people with health insurance means anything when evaluating the health care system. Percentage insured is more a proxy for the type of jobs in the state and the number of illegal aliens as it is a measure of anything meaningful about health care access or quality.
But second, the whole point of malpractice reform was to bring down insurance rates for doctors and try to keep doctors from leaving the state. Further, it was a basic fairness issue of trying to deal with large settlements no reasonable person thought were really the fault of the doctor. So how about stats on malpractice rates, or doctor retention, or doctor satisfaction, or queue times? He's got nothing.