Peggy Venable's Endorsement.

The momentum in this race is undeniable: Governor Perry has been accumulating more great endorsements every single day from a broad variety of groups and individuals representing many thousands of Texans.

This week, taxpayer watchdog Peggy Venable gave her official endorsement to Governor Rick Perry's 2010 re-election campaign.

This week, Peggy Venable also wrote a great article about successful tort reform in Texas:

Earth to Obama: Texas enacted malpractice reform years ago. The President would benefit from a phone call to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Texas passed significant tort reform in 1995 and more reforms have been enacted since then. A study released in 2008 outlined the benefits stating that perhaps the most visible economic impact of lawsuit reforms are the benefits experienced by Texans who have better access to high-quality healthcare. Doctors and hospitals are using their liability insurance savings to expand services and initiate innovative programs; those savings have allowed Texas hospitals to expand charity care by 24%.

In the study titled “The Texas Turnaround,” The Perryman Group measured the incremental gains from tort reform and found that the total impact of tort reforms implemented since 1995 includes gains of $112.5 billion in spending each year as well as almost 499,900 jobs in the state. The fiscal stimulus to the State from judicial reforms is almost $2.6 billion per year increase in state revenue.

Texas reforms limited non-economic damages in medical malpractice litigation, which alone lead to gains of $55.3 billion in spending per year and more than 223,000 jobs. In addition, these impacts are responsible for approximately 430,000 individuals having health insurance than would otherwise, and there has been an increase in the number of doctors, particularly in regions which have been facing severe shortages. In the Houston-Sugarland-Baytown area, the impact of tort reform has been astounding.

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