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tort Reform? Trial Lawyers~One of the LARGEST Contributers to the Democratic Party?

Are Democrats protecting the lawyers who thrive off the current system -- and who gave Obama $90 million, more than any other industry, for his 2008 campaign.

Federal campaign records show that lawyers and law firms gave $178.7 million to Democrats for the 2008 election -- far more than any other industry did

According to Howard Dean~“Here is why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that the more stuff you put in, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason why tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on, and that is the plain and simple truth. Now, that’s the truth.”
http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/772074.html
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/08/howard_dean_and_the_goalposts.html?hpid=topnews

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 10:40 PM on Sep. 3, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The Pres. is an attorney, so is Eric Holder, his firm represents many gitmo terrorists, pro bono, awww isn't that sweet?
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 11:30 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • But yet SOME on the left, think he is looking out for the "people"..... Blind, they are.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:31 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • And yes, we do need torte reform, and yes, it does appear that attorneys are being left out intentionally! Obviously, someone does not want to impede on their income, that would be not be fair, would it? whatever!
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 11:35 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • They aren't looking out for any of us, they just want us to shut up and fundamentally, transparently, collectively, conform, quietly...
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 11:39 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • There are all kinds of trial lawyers, not just malpractice and injury. Trial lawyers work on behalf of the little guy, and the democratic party represents mostly of the working class, so it makes sense that they would donate to the Democratic party, not the party of Corporate giants.


    Tort reform is not the be all and end all of health care. Oh and if your family member was injured seriously or fatally by a negligent doctor you would NOT want washington telling your jury they could only award a certain amount of damages.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:40 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • Tort reform....Where was tort reform for ANY of the "republican years"? Not ONCE was this brought up and there were MILLIONS being bankrupted then as well...... Now all the sudden, its the cause of the hour.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:48 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • i agree with SRiveroC. the trial lawyers, for the most part, tend to have clients that don't have a lot of options or resources. and it is extremely important to our democracy as a whole that we keep the courts accessible for everyone, not just the big corporations. and that's why tort reform is a bad idea. because who is it protecting? not the doctors. it's protecting the insurance companies. so, if you want to protect big companies while screwing the little guy, by all means, support tort reform. or the republicans...which ever.

    LeahJ

    Answer by LeahJ at 11:54 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • Tort reform is my big deal, too, grly. It's huge money, and a great start.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:54 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • The health economists and independent legal experts who study the issue, however, don’t believe that’s true. They say that malpractice liability costs are a small fraction of the spiraling costs of the U.S. health care system, and that the medical errors that malpractice liability tries to prevent are themselves a huge cost– both to the injured patients and to the health care system

    http://washingtonindependent.com/55535/tort-reform-unlikely-to-cut-health-care-costs

    Great article on how Tort reform won't bring down health care costs
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:08 AM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • The president told a meeting of the AMA in June that he recognized that any health overhaul would be difficult without addressing the cost of malpractice insurance.
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    So, he states it's needed... Yet tort refrom isn't in the he was trying to "sell" before the August break?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:44 AM on Sep. 4, 2009

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