Burton Craige is quoted in this article on medical malpractice in today's News and Observer. The issue of medical malpractice had not been a significant part of the debate over comprehensive health care reform, but the issue briefly came to the fore when it was mentioned by President Obama in his health care address to Congress in early September. As the article demonstrates, however, the number of medical malpractice lawsuits has sharply decreased in recent years. The main beneficiary of that decrease, though, are the malpractice insurance companies, who apparently have not lowered doctors' premiums accordingly.
The Washington Post's Ezra Klein, the go-to source on the great health care debate, has several insightful posts on the medical malpractice issue here, here, and here (from 2006).