Monday, March 22, 2010

Eric Johnson, GA Gov Candidate, on Georgia Supreme Court’s Decision re: Tort Reform

Senator Eric Johnson, Republican candidate for Governor, today released the following statement on the decision by the Georgia Supreme Court to strike down a portion of Georgia’s tort reform law:

“In 2005, I was proud to author the Tort Reform Act, a bipartisan bill that brought common sense to our legal system, lowered the costs of doing business in Georgia, and reigned in out of control lawsuits. Tort reform was working, with a 39% reduction in the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed and an 18% reduction in the cost of medical liability insurance, but unfortunately Georgians will now no longer be able to see the benefits of this law.

As we watch in horror with what is happening to our healthcare system in Washington, it is up to states to stand up for healthcare reform that will control costs and not grow government. As Governor, I will continue the fight to bring real reform to our healthcare system by advocating for conservative ideas, like tort reform, that empower patients and doctors, and provide quality, affordable healthcare.”

An architect and a respected conservative leader, Eric Johnson served as President Pro Tempore of the Georgia State Senate. In that role, he passed legislation that cut taxes and spending, empowered small businesses, and protected doctors and businesses from frivolous lawsuits. He and his wife Kathryn have two grown children and live in Savannah. For more information please visit
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