From the AAJ - American Association of Justice. Seriously, in the midst of all this toil and turmoil, Congress is pondering the tort reford/deform non-issue again? You got to be kidding.
Although tort reform/deform is a bogus solution for a non-existent problem, some might think a few other issues are more important, such as: balancing the budget, health, jobs, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure rather than bending to the whims of the Chamber of Commerce, corporate America, and the insurance companies. You know those folks.... the one's who brought you the great recession AND then asked for the great bailout. And once they had all that government money, did you see any loans to stimulate small business whom the Republicans claim to be protecting as the backbone of American business? Nope.
Well, those who protect the little guy are warning you again.... Listen up.
"Did you have a chance to watch or read this year’s State of the Union Address? What a difference a year makes! We were in the House gallery listening to the President, and we were delighted with the speech.
Last year at this time we were shocked and dismayed after the President used the term “frivolous lawsuits” in his State of the Union Address. This year, however, the President mentioned needing “smart regulations” to prevent harm caused by faulty medical devices and foreign products.
Since last year, AAJ has reached out to the Obama Administration—and so many of you have helped by talking to your members of Congress—to repeatedly reinforce the message that a strong civil justice system keeps all Americans safe. Thank you for what you have done. We are seeing the results.
While President Obama said there would be “no bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts,” in the Congress, Republican leadership in the House is preparing to bring a sweeping medical malpractice, medical products, and nursing homes bill to the Floor. This is H.R. 5—the one legislative priority of Speaker Boehner that never went anywhere in the first session of the 112th Congress. The bill is a phenomenal bailout for the medical industry.
We are hearing very credible information that medical malpractice tort reform will be added to the House highway bill (a big transportation bill that funds our nation’s highways). Yes, added to a highway bill!
You may remember the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated $54 billion in savings over 10 years from medical malpractice tort reform. House leadership thinks this is the right way to pay for our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
What’s coming up in Congress is a perfect reminder that this will be an important year and we need to maintain our advocacy with Congress. Election 2012 is nine months away. We must maintain a civil-justice majority in the Senate. We must be vigilant.
We will continue to communicate with you as we have more news about presidential contenders and other election and legislative issues."