Currently generating a new wish list, since all my wishes were granted over the Holidays.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

What about the consumers?

I really hope democrats begin to use the current Bush administration goal of class action and tort reform to shed some light on who the administration and the republican party in general really support.

The only "people" that tort reform actually helps are the big insurers and corporations. That is it. Putting any caps on damages enables corporations to actually put a dollar amount on people's lives. They already do this, but now they can get away with it easily if punitive damages are capped.

Democrats are attempting to stall this in Congress by proposing amendments to the bill. The first of which was defeated.

I wanted to highlight a quote by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He said,"...drafters of a bill must pursue a complicated ``balancing act'' to resolve differences among business, insurers, unions and trial lawyers."

I do not see any mention of the numerous individuals that will be injured and killed as a result of defective products, medical malpractice, and other corporate negligence. Since you can't incarcerate a corporation punitive damages are the only remedy to deter these corporations from placing a dollar value on human life.
This is a backlash issue and hopefully it will be used as one.

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