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Federalism

Boston University School of Law

2009

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Federalization Snowballs: The Need For National Action In Medical Malpractice Reform, Abigail Moncrieff Jan 2009

Federalization Snowballs: The Need For National Action In Medical Malpractice Reform, Abigail Moncrieff

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Because tort law generally and healthcare regulation specifically are traditional state functions and because medical, legal, and insurance practices are highly localized, legal scholars have long believed that medical malpractice falls within the states' exclusive jurisdiction and sovereignty. Indeed, this view is so widely held that modern legal scholarship takes it for granted. Articles on general federalism issues use medical malpractice as an easy example of a policy in which federal intervention lacks functional justification, and articles that focus on federalization of other tort reforms use medical malpractice as an easy foil, pointing out that the uniformity interest that justifies …