That's the supposed compromise just arrived at between Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich and Democratic legislators to address the state's malpractice crisis, but Point of Law contributor Michael Krauss, writing in the Baltimore Sun, warns that it's the wrong path (see also Dec. 14). More: a WSJ ($) editorial updates the situation. After the initial offer of a compromise by Gov. Ehrlich, Democrats in the Maryland legislature rejected the liability curbs but took and ran with the idea of subsidizing doctors' malpractice coverage, drawing up plans for a steep new tax on HMOs toward that purpose, and defying the governor's threatened veto of the idea.
Subsidizing docs' insurance