The Trouble with Tort Reform – Part 2: McCoffee, the Real Grounds

Posted Oct 6 2009 in

The most common example of tort law gone awry I hear cited is the McDonald’s spilled coffee lawsuit. In case you were living in a cave in 1992, here are the essentials: A 79-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico, woman ordered a 49¢ cup of coffee from the drive-thru window. She was sitting in the passenger seat […]

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The Trouble with Tort Reform – Part 1

Posted Oct 5 2009 in

One idea for fixing the access to healthcare/medical insurance issue in this country is to simply enact sweeping tort reform. The logic is this:a) You limit the amount of “pain and suffering” damages plaintiffs can receive to a quarter of a million dollars. (Research indicates this is the optimum amount.)b) This, in turn, trims both […]

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Good Old Mr. Wilson

Posted Sep 14 2009 in

By now, you’ve all heard of Joe Wilson, (R, SC), who shouted, “You lie!” during President Obama’s address to Congress on health care reform last week. To provide some context for the way his emotions overwhelmed him when President Obama was speaking, here’s another tidbit on that good old boy. In 2000, when Wilson was […]

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Two Americas

Posted Aug 31 2009 in

So I’m watching this frizzy-haired woman on TV, at one of the Town Halls, weeping about the loss of “her America.” “I want MY America back,” she wailed. “What happened to MY America?” It reminded me of my daughter when she was 5, and wanted some toy she’d long since outgrown. But it also made […]

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Bend Over and Try to Relax

Posted Aug 10 2009 in

So let’s not even talk about the 46 million uninsured, some of whom have diabetes, or hypertension, or cancer and will die without treatment. If someone believes they are more entitled to health care than other people, because they have a job or went to college or whatever, my saying that’s bullshit isn’t going to […]

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