Senate health care negotiators discussed the man ways to decrease the health care budget. They also discussed medical malpractice. Senator Kent Conrad stated that negotiators agreed that the federal government should provide funding for states to experiment with a range of alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits. It appears that medical malpractice caps, which do not aid in decreasing insurance premiums, are not being negotiated. President Obama additionally stated that he does not believe medical malpractice caps will help in heath care reform. Attorney Steve Levin believes that Illinois’ plan of having certificates of merits is helpful to reduce frivolous medical malpractice claims. To read more about the senate negotiations, please click the link.