Imagine 200,000 people. Even the largest football stadium in American could not hold that population. That is about the same size as the population of Richmond, Virginia.
If something or someone killed 200,000 Americans a year, do you think that there would be outrage? Do you think there would be calls to punish those responsible? Do you think there would be some type of effort to control this?
What kills 200,000 people in America every year and is totally ignored by the America people?
In 2010, approximately 14,748 people were murdered in the United States. In 2010, drunk drivers killed 10,288 people.
So what kills that many people?
Preventable medical mistakes and infections. According to Scientific American, in 2009, found that 200,000 people a year died from preventable medical mistakes and preventable infections. If it is preventable and it happened, that means someone screwed up.
Ten years earlier another study determined that between 44,000 and 98,000 people were dying every year due to medical errors.
Why is this important to America?
Because there is a concerted attack on our Constitution.
That attack is Federal Tort Reform.
It is every bit as unconstitutional as Obamacare. For anyone who wants Tort Reform, please show me where the Constitution allows the Federal Government to impose these type laws on states, where these powers have always been reserved to the states since 1787.
The big myth that those who support Tort Reform always throw out is the myth of the frivolous lawsuit. Of course, for Doctors, any lawsuit filed against them is frivolous.
If you go to prisons and ask inmates, everyone one of them is innocent too.
In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences reported medication errors injured 1.5 million people in the United States each year!
In 2004, Medical News Today reported there were 1.14 million “patient safety incidents” in one year. Patient safety incident is a nice way of saying that a Doctor, a nurse or a hospital screwed up.
The civil justice system is a wonderful part of the free market system. Remember what the free market system does. It punishes bad behavior and rewards good behavior.
Civil law suits against doctors punish bad doctors.
The problem we have is that there are a lot of mistakes being made out there. The medical lobby does not want to talk about that. All they want to do is scream about the myth of the frivolous lawsuit, while saying nothing about the estimated 200,000 Americans who die each year from preventable medical errors or preventable infections.
I have never understood why conservatives are so anxious to follow the lead of the Doctor’s lobby and the big insurance lobby, who were two of the biggest drive forces for Obamacare.
The civil justice system is a part of our free market. Our free market system is one of the guarantors that we have a free nation.
If you are injured, do you want a government bureaucrat to decide what your injuries are worth, or worse, a member of Congress? Or would you want twelve of your fellow citizens deciding the justice you should receive?
I don’t know about you but I have my faith in the goodness of 12 citizens chosen to serve.
no, Vern; not at all; but just do not like to see what we and our ancestors fought to build where every one would have equal opportunity where by the fruits of ones labor one could succeed; in the PRC it has to do with being a member of the CP establishement; just like in the Soviet Union; success depended on how close you were to the "powers"; royalty by another name!
Abortion kills 3,000-4,000/day and yet it is LEGAL in our so called 'civil society', yet there is little outrage!! The media ignores most prolife protests and undermines them as right wingers or extremists and the liberal fembots continue to use "their body, their choice" archaic arguments to push the abortion agenda. Now we have a POTUS who supports abortion, infanticide and gendercide and expects taxpayers to support the same through the passage of Obamacare! While I agree we don't need more govt involvement/control, some tort reform is necessary, to prevent the frivolous lawsuits that tie up our court systems with cases that can not be proven or have no legitimate reason to be heard.
Add 1.1 million legal abortions to inadvertent health care deaths, we get over 2.2 million human lives a year -- over 6000 a day -- taken by America's doctors -- with neither outrage nor outcry from the mass-media-subliminally-mind-controlled-and-entertained masses.
Since Teddy was president (1901-1909) -- many world leaders have told us -- politics and markets have no accidents. Nathan Rothschild openly bragged that in his 17 years in England he had increased his initial £20,000 stake given to him by his father, 2500 times.
All influence roads lead to the top approximate 0.00004%-shadowy-monstrously-massive-money-and-power elite -- determined to reduce humanity on Earth to a subservient 1 billion -- happy to see all deaths multiplied and our fertility rate divided -- if they can avoid risk of an uprising that might overthrow them.
Thomas Jefferson quotes
* If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.
* When injustice becomes law, then rebellion becomes duty!
* When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
Twelve citizens don't do it most of the time, a judge (lawyer 99%of the time) does. All of us who worked most of out lives in this phoney world of lawyers know about the big judgement awarded, and then on to the court of appeals (again lawyers 99%of the time).The court of appeals is bought off under the table, and the big judgement overturned. No one ends up with a sizeable amount of money except the lawyers who scored a big percentage of the judgement and the lawyers who scored the defense charges. Oh, I forgot the lawyers serving on the court of appeals who scored the under the table cash. After it's all said and done, the lawyers all meet up at the local country club, buy each other high-dollar drinks, and laugh at all the working folks they stiffed during the day. I don't support any Federal tort reform, but I surley support individual state tort reform. It's the only way to control the crooked lawyers other than making the loser in any lawsuit pay all of the court costs.
Not all Democrats are Socialists. Not all Conservatives are Republicans!
And not all lawyers "laugh at all the working folks they stiffed during the day."
Such blanket insults should not be made here, since many of our most fervent and active members here are attorneys.
There are good attorneys and they serve a very worthwhile purpose and contribute to our society.
Unfortunately, there is a segment of the lawyer population which make are responsible for a very costly drag on our economy. These lawyers make their living through corruption of our legal process. They manufacture problems and then take the problems into our courts where they shrewdly target those with deep pockets and coerce payment from those they target.
We have a large population of lawyers who defend the indigent and carry the defense to the extreme. A person who is indigent can have lawyer services that run into millions of dollars even when there is no question about his guilt because the funds come from the taxpayers. This same bunch go after our law enforcement people because the cop on the street is backed up by the unlimited funds of the city or town that is his employer - again deep pockets.
We have lawyers who facilitate passage of laws which have no purpose other than to make work for other lawyers. These laws run the course from sign ordinances to anti-blight ordinances. A business person in most cities and towns cannot put up a sign in front of his business without wandering through a maze of regulations that require legal interpretation and will likely result in litigation after the sign goes up. These mundane and ludicrous restrictions on business are only compounded by lawyers in little ant hill colonies which go by names such as EPA or School Board Administrators Association.
Yes, we have good lawyers who know and understand the constitution; who are conservatives working to make this a better country, but I think they are in the minority.
I wish I knew a good lawyer. On second thought I wish I had a great lawyer. One that can handle a character assassination of the extreme that ended a military career of a technical safety office just so his superior officers could protect their own career ambitions and the career of a subordinate officer who's deliberate actions of multiple safety neglect due to acts of fraternization with subordinates which included asking an involved safety violator to move in with her could be protected from disciplainary action that would be detrimental to her career. Those who violated safety regulations and protocal that placed lives and equipment in serious and deadly situations were allowed to remain in the same areas of responsibility for which they failed multiple times; yet, this technical safety officer was accused of crimes and prosecuted without evidence of which much evidence would have existed if in fact the wrong doings had occurred. Think that's bad, one of the accusations was even recanted to three other high ranking individuals but it was still a charge against the safety officer. And if falsely charging the technical safety officer was not enough to satisfy his superior officers, they went out of their way to commit multiple acts of harrassment and acts of reprisals against this safety officer while ignoring the testimony of their subordinate officer's own First Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Training NCO and many others who's testimony clearly demostrated and showed that it was the subordinate commander who was deserving of disciplainary action and not the safety officer. To top all of this off, the safety officer was found guilty of charges "only" coming from those that did commit wrong doing which prompted an investigation in the first place. Sad, very sad. The individuals who showed a total lack of regard for the safety of others are continuing with a successful military career and the safety officer's personal amd professional reputation, integrity, honor, self-worth and career was taken from him. This safety officer, after 5 years, is still plagued daily with the mental, emotional and the psychological effects of being raped.
Well, I know a few good lawyers. Not in "public service". Unfortunately, they have to make a buck too, to feed their families! Sorry for your problems, sir.
Vern, I hear ya. But for me to get rightoues again in the eyes of three of my greatest motivators (family, friends and those that would see me fail) the lawyer could have half of everything he could get. My family would shoot me for the other half. Truth be known, I doubt anyone would let this go to court. They damn sure have gone out of their way so for. Refusing to conduct any type of investigation; formal or informal. But thanks for your time. Just by replying you have done more than the other 99% who have come across my story.
You have encountered the safety monster and the safety monster won. He always does. He is the high priest of beauracracy. He is greatly feared by all except those with a goodly portion of common sense. Those, He eats them for lunch.
It's not fair, but then fair is a liberal concept.
Some Tort claims certainly have a purpose, but my problem is with the lawyers that advertise for clients. All I want to see is losers being required to pay the winners legal expenses, I think that's fair. Turn on the TV in Las Vegas, and every other ad is a sleazeball lawyer drooling all over the carpet. My vision of the future under Obamacare, if it is not repealed, is this: In 10 years, their will be 500k less doctors in America, and 500k more lawyers. Just what we need.
So...some citizens may not advertise for their private businesses? How will we decide who may not compete with others in their chosen field?
Should ObamaCare reach it's ultimate goal, by the way, the business would fall greatly! No insurance companies to sue, and suing the Feds would be nearly impossible! Not my goal, not our goal, me thinks!