May 20, 2008

A duck is a duck is a duck

The Institute for Legal Reform is a new organization dedicated to changes at the national level to restrict what they think of as frivolous lawsuits.

What no one from any of these groups has ever been able to explain to me is how you tell a father who sued a doctor with a history of substance abuse who, while inebriated, operated on and killed his daughter, that his lawsuit is frivolous?

Here in Texas, we've had 'tort reform' which has allowed us to 'stop lawsuit abuse' for years. It's meant that corporations can mistreat their customers as much as they'd like with no fear of reprisals. It's meant that insurance companies can increase their profits astronomically while doctors continue to pay through the nose and the cost of health care is still unbelievably high.

In other words, it's failed to do anything... except keep consumers from suing when they've been wronged. Oh, but they can go to the State regulators, right? That's pretty funny considering that most of them are industry shills appointed by a Republican Governor (39%) who's been taking money from these business and industry groups for years.

Oh, but don't take my word for it... go visit the nice people here.

As for the new organization, you'll see their commercials soon. They are all about the small business owners who've been 'hurt' by 'lawsuit' abuse. I think they should be hurt by a consumer boycott. This group isn't funded by small business owners... it's funded by big business and the insurance industry. And any small business owner dumb enough to get sucked into this deserves to have some problems.

Posted by mcblogger at May 20, 2008 08:48 AM

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