July 19, 2005

A tutorial for "Tort reform" backers

Anyone who wishes to have an informed opinion on the so-called "tort reform" effort ought to read these three pieces.

And in as much as HeadUsher represents the views of "Young"™, Mike Jacobs, perhaps they should read the following pieces before spouting the anecdotes and falsehoods taught to them by the insurance company lobbyists.

Read them all (yes, all the way to the end even) for a dose of reality on this issue.

The idea that "junk lawsuits" are behind the huge rise in malpractice insurance premiums, thus driving away doctors, is bogus, bogus, and even more bogus.


At 7/20/2005 8:40 PM, Blogger diehard said...

I would say that the AMA and the insurance companies are probably among the strongest lobby groups in the land.
Rember one of the reasons Bill Clinton was elected was the promise not only to fix the health care industry but make a program similar to Europe, Canada , you know DEVELOPED countries.
Hillary was put in charge of it. And wow the lobbyist/ conservative talking heads and the insurance companies /drug companies attack was relentless!! They demonized Hillary and derailed a more reasonably affordable health care system for average Americans.
They changed the discussion into : long lines,empty hospitals, not being able to get procedures done, not being able to choose your own doctor etc.
Now even small buisnesses that were against a National Healthcare System are agreeing something needs to be done.
All you have to do is look around to see how powerful the insurance lobbies are.
From the seatbelt laws to the constant lowering of blood alcohol in DUI cases, from the higher and higher co-pays to limiting the amount of doctors we have available and by the way telling doctors how to practice medicine, they have a great deal of control.
Isn't Mike Jacobs supposed to be a Democrat? Is this the same guy Madigan had to twist his arm for his vote on the limit of interst that preditory lenders could charge bill?
This is the guy who has never run for office and never will have to because he has so much money.
A Democrat, ....and that my friends is what is wrong with the Democratic Party today. Democrats that are really Republicans!

At 7/21/2005 12:12 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Speaking of which (Republicans in Dem clothing) Joe Lieberman, perhaps exhibit A of this breed, is once again singing the praises of the glorious Bush agenda.

At 7/22/2005 6:32 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Speaking of Joe, I thought I saw him standing at a press conference as part of the backdrop sporting some visible facial hair? Was I hallucinating? If it's true, what's his plan - trying to look more hip?

At 7/22/2005 9:40 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I met Liberman in 2000. What a bad choice for vp. I would call him a Pat Quinn with none of the good qualities Pat Quinn has.
At Least Quinn is proggresive.
I think in honor of stealing the 00 election from the American people, Chimpy should let Gore serve out his presidential term!


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