“The Republicans won't take on these popular features of the (healthcare reform) law. Nor will they do away with the mandate on individuals to get coverage—the insurers insist on it in order to have enough healthy people in the insured pool to make it affordable to cover the less-than-healthy with pre-existing conditions. ... There is a way for the Republicans to improve on the law—by strengthening its anemic effort to reform this country's dysfunctional medical-malpractice system. The current system fosters costly defensive medicine, provides benefits to too few deserving victims of physicians' mistakes, forces doctors in many specialties to buy high-premium insurance policies, and discourages the open reporting of treatment errors, even though such information could lead to genuine improvements in medical care. … The health reform law is by no means perfect. But it does extend coverage to millions of Americans who lacked it and ends some of the most abusive practices of the insurance industry. Republicans should use their new-found political clout to improve the law, not undo it."