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Paul J. Weber, AP

Governor Rick Perry says a crackdown on malpractice lawsuits expanded healthcare in Texas, but an analysis reveals a more complicated picture than his campaigning would suggest. The Republican presidential candidate points to tort reform measures Texas passed in 2003 as proof of his job-creating credentials. Perry says lawsuit damage caps created a business-friendly climate that helped Texas license 23,000 new doctors.

However, state records show that only a little more than half those physicians wound up practicing in Texas. And while Perry told a Georgia crowd last month that women now have better access to obstetricians, two-thirds of Texas counties still lack one, as was the case beforehand.

However, some feel the caps worked, as there has been an increase in surgeons and emergency room doctors.

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