A Tennessee Medical Association leader this week singled out the Tennessee judiciary as a threat to the state's new medical liability law. Appearing with U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., at a healthcare town hall meeting this week, Dr. Keith G. Anderson -- a cardiologist and vice chairman of the Tennessee Medical Association -- said he fears Tennessee's "very liberal" and "very claims-oriented" judiciary. He singled out Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia Clark, who he said "is a claims malpractice attorney." Anderson went on to say that the medical association's concern is "that there will be a case that arises that goes before the Tennessee Supreme Court that may overturn the tort reforms based on their constitutionality methodology." Instead of risking that outcome, Anderson said that an amendment to the state's Constitution or a federal law that would trump state law is needed.
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