Last updated on: 3/1/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Edwin Meese, III, JD Biography

Title:
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus at The Heritage Foundation and former US Attorney General
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Medical malpractice is a crucial issue in the area of medical and health care reform. The costs of abusive tort litigation have added billions of dollars to the annual cost of medical care in the United States…

[D]espite all of the serious problems now being debated in Congress, the legislation that has been introduced so far does not really do anything about abusive medical malpractice claims.

The bill that was passed by the House actually makes things worse. It does provide incentives for the states to reform their medical lawsuit rules, but on the other hand, it provides incentives only if the states do not implement any limits on either malpractice awards or attorneys’ fees. You can guess who got that into the legislation. These are two of the most effective remedies for reducing abusive lawsuits and the costs that are related to the whole subject of malpractice premiums.”

“Health Care and Medical Malpractice Reform: The Necessity of Reform in the Current Debate,” www.heritage.org, Jan. 28, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Institute for Constitutional Government, Heritage Foundation
  • Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Heritage Foundation, 2001-2013
  • Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy, Heritage Foundation, 1988-2013
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Civil Rights Union
  • Member, Board of Regents, National College of District Attorneys
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute of United States Studies, University of London
  • Former Member, Iraq Study Group
  • President and Executive Committee, Council for National Policy, 1996
  • US Attorney General, 1985-1988
  • Former Chairman, Domestic Policy Council and the National Drug Policy Board
  • Member, US National Security Council, 1981-1985
  • Professor of Law, University of San Diego, 1977-1980
  • Vice President of Administration, Rohr Industries (Chula Vista, CA), 1975-1976
  • Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff for Governor Ronald Reagan, 1969-1974
  • Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Ronald Reagan, 1967-1968
Education:
  • JD, University of California at Berkeley, 1958
  • BA, Yale University, 1953
Other:
  • Born on Dec. 2, 1931 in Oakland, CA
  • Served in the US Army, 1954-1956
  • Married to Ursula Herrick Meese, with two children
  • Religous affiliation, Lutheran
  • Replaced Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, in the Iraq Study Group on May 24, 2006
Quoted in:
  1. Would medical malpractice reform (tort reform) significantly reduce the cost of health care?