Because the federal government shouldn’t be involved. It’s a state matter; tort law is a state matter.

Rep. Ron Paul when asked by Fox News’ Shannon Bream why he opposes a federal medical malpractice law, during the GOP Presidential debate in South Carolina, May 5, 2011 (starting just after the 3:00 mark on the embedded video).

Rep. Paul has written before about his principled opposition to federal tort reform bills, and he has voted that way on the floor of the U.S. House. Rep. Paul is one of the few Republicans who have been in office long enough to have a chance to vote on H.R. 5, the “HEALTH Act,” in two previous Republican Congresses, and he has never voted for it.

Rep. Paul, who has delivered approximately 4,000 babies as a licensed ob-gyn, repeated his opposition to federal tort reform bills and the general federal preemption doctrine when he was interviewed on the nationally syndicated ‘What’s Up’ radio program by host Terry Lowry last week. You can download his interview here (mp3 file). He discusses the importance of the Bill of Rights, including the 7th Amendment, his opposition to federal preemption of state laws twice during the interview, and to federal tort reform bills starting at the 5:15 mark.