May 09, 2006
senate in action
Oops! That's a typo in the title of this post. It SHOULD have read "Senate Inaction." Given the chance to enact some reasonable medical malpractice reforms, our concerned Democrat leaders just said no.
Democrats are spinning their cowardice as a bold stand against a "boon" for eeeeevil insurance companies. In reality, it's a lot like their stand against drilling for oil in the ANWR. They're protecting the environment--- in this case, the lush, fertile hunting grounds where sue-happy trial lawyers roam.
Are malpractice lawsuits really a problem for our health care providers today? Ask a physician.
Notice the difference. The insurance company no longer asks if you've been sued. It only asks if you've lost or settled more than one malpractice suit for more than $50,000 in the last five years. The assumption is clearly that many good physicians will not only have been sued in the last five years, but will have lost or settled one case for more than $50,000!
Forget the fact that malpractice lawsuits drive up the cost of health care and even run some doctors out of practicing medicine at all. Democrats are standing up for the Little Guy, the Common Man, by opposing malpractice reform. Democrats certainly are not bought and paid for by trial lawyers. No siree.
Predictably, the trial bar has used its largesse to invest heavily in the political process essential to its business, and has therein gained influence over government surpassing any other industry's (And that includes Halliburton---ed.). The litigation industry has led all others in political contributions for over a decade, and the American Trial Lawyers Association was the largest PAC contributor to the Democratic party in the last full political cycle. Over that same span, every law firm contributing over $1 million was a plaintiffs' firm, and each gave 99 to 100 percent of its contributions to Democrats.
When I look at the Senate, I see the best politicians money can buy.
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