Who does tort reform protect? Drug abusing doctors, for starters...
Wouldn't it be horrible if malpractice lawsuits drove doctors like this out of practice?
Now, it could be that the doctor in question really wasn't using drugs, despite three drug tests to the contrary. And it could be that even if the doctor was using drugs, that he wasn't impaired when he treated the patients that died. And it could also be that even if he was impaired, that wasn't the cause of the deaths of both patients. We'll have to watch the trial(s).
But if the doctor was high, and his impaired state did lead to these two deaths, is there any reason whatsoever that tort reform should protect him?