FDL Movie Night: Hot Coffee

By: Monday December 19, 2011 5:00 pm

Hot Coffee, the fast-paced, info-packed exploration of tort reform exposes the real story behind Stella Liebeck, who sued McDonalds after being badly burned by spilled coffee, an incident which wrongly entered the collective consciousness as a prime example of a “frivolous” lawsuit. First time director Susan Saladoff, a civil litigator with 25 years of experience, uses the McDonalds coffee case as the starting point and from there builds a strong case that tort reform, binding arbitration and non-economic damage caps subvert justice and benefit big business.


Tort Reform Touted by Rick Perry Actually Increased Health Care Costs in Texas

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 10:30 am

This needs to be thrown in the face of every Republican who spouts “tort reform!” when asked what they’re going to do about health care. For years, they’ve pretended like it’s some kind of magic fairy dust that’s the answer to all our problems. It’s a boon for the medical industrial complex. That’s all.

Roosevelt Institute Abandons Traditional Liberal Health Care Policies For Pete Peterson

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 3:30 am

The center-right nature of their plan helps move the Overton window of the debate on both health care and the deficit dramatically to the right. By choosing groups that would exclude the most obvious health care cost-cutting option available, the one that has proven an unqualified success at efficiently delivering health care coverage to the industrialized world, Peterson never risked accidentally proving that the progressive goal of “Medicare for all” also just happens to be the best deficit reduction plan available. And of course by submitting any plan at all, these organizations allow Peterson to pretend “even liberals” embrace the decidedly non-Keyesian notion that now is the right time to worry about long-term deficits.

Overall, it appears Peterson spent his money well.

Tort Reform Means You Pay For Others’ Errors

By: Sunday December 26, 2010 7:30 am

One of the favorite choices of the wingnuts for actual legislation has always been ‘tort reform’. It was their hue and cry to get out of making health care productive for most citizens, even though it is not an area subject to federal legislation.

In Texas where there has been extensive tort reform, conditions have been created that are ideal for incompetence and outright fraud. One area that has seen a true disaster is in emergency room care. Under conditions that may include extreme stress, mistakes can occur but the patient maimed for life cannot count on any compensation for those mistakes.

Obama Writes to Congress, Cites GOP Proposals From Summit to Be Included in Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 12:45 pm

So basically, the President offers yet another set of olive branches to Republicans, which they will promptly throw on the ground and kick.

Ron Brownstein is Completely Uninformed; Rahm Emanuel is a Fool for Thinking Otherwise

By: Wednesday November 25, 2009 6:19 am

Rahm Emanuel is making practically every staffer in the White House read Ronald Brownstein’s completely uninformed article about the great “free market economagic” cost saving solutions in the Senate bill. This explains a lot about why the current health care reform proposals are so bad. This is probably the single worst piece of news I have heard during the entire health care debate. If someone as powerful as Rahm thinks there is any value in Brownstein’s writing, reform is in very bad shape.

Fool Me Once: The Insurance Industry Looks to Tort Reform to Pad Profits

By: Wednesday September 30, 2009 9:30 am

In the immortal words of the 43rd President of the United States, “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me … you can’t get fooled again.”

Tort reform has made fools out of a lot of people for many years. First, it is touted as the answer for doctor’s skyrocketing premiums, then for the exploding cost of health care. Yet time after time, the only group that ever really profits from it is the insurance industry.

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