Friday, March 19, 2004

Who Gave What To Whom 

I lifted this from another site. It will help you access public records regarding political contributions in these very important times! Please take a look at it!

Abandoning Injured Mothers, Innocent Babies and ER Patients On The Hospital Steps 

This has been adapted from a front page article on the www.nystla.org website today.

A New Anti-Patient Bill Would Strip Injured Mothers, Babies and Emergency Room Patients of Their Legal Rights

S.2207, a new bill on the United States Senate floor is being called the "Pregnancy and Trauma Care Access Protection Act of 2004". It has nothing to do with protecting patients or providing access to medical care. This bill is an alarming attack on the rights of the most vulnerable of innocent victims: not simply injured emergency room patients, but particularly mothers and babies. This bill cruelly targets pregnant mothers, their babies and those needing emergency care by seeking to strip them of the same legal protections everyone else has. As is always the case when discussing changes in tort law, when distilled, the issue boils down to a question that weighs the issue of more profits for financial concerns like insurance carriers against what is fair and reasonable compensation for the innocent victims of medical malpractice. Pain, suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life are all but completely dismissed by this bill, which places the false, propagandistic financial concerns of those institutions above the value of human life.
Under the newest incarnation of this Bill, individuals suffering from an injury who then seek treatment in emergency rooms or trauma care centers will be penalized for doing so if they are then harmed by medical negligence. The Bill's cap of $250,000 on non-economic damages is inherently discriminatory and particularly harmful to pregnant women who frequently have a limited income. Most disgracefully, this bill completely dismisses the societal worth of children, who have no income. Babies who sustain life-long injuries will likely only be able to recover "non-economic" damages under the new law, and this limit will have a devastating impact on our society as a whole.

The sad fact is that our friends in the insurance industry and medical professions do not realize that they may be inadvertently abandoning their own extended families. No one wants to be able to envision one's self or one's family member as an innocent victim; the truth, though, is that this bill does not discriminate. A doctor's child or an insurance executive's child, or niece, or nephew, will suffer the same consequences as a letter carrier's child under this proposed new law. Fortunately for those children of doctors and insurance company executives, though, their parents will most likely have enough money to make their painful lives more comfortable while the children of school teachers, letter carriers, sanitation workers, transportation workers, and others will never be able to afford certain comfort items that any innocent victim surely deserves.

And, by the way, where are the Senate and House Bills requiring mandatory minimums for insurance coverage? When there is too little or no insurance available to an innocent injured victim to recover even simple economic loss, the burden shifts to you and me via public assistance. And that is another item on the agenda for this Congress. Don't be fooled! Many hospitals are "self-insured" or have small policies that could not possibly cover the damages they might inflict through improper medical practices borne of lax screening of the qualifications of their doctors.

Fewer than five percent of medical doctors commit more than ninety percent of the medical malpractice in this state alone each year. Research bears out that it is always the same people. Shouldn't congress be looking toward regulating or expelling those people who have caused what they call a "crisis"?

Please tell your Senators to oppose this dangerous, discriminatory legislation.

Don't forget, too, that the vast majority of automobiles in this country are under-insured, carrying State personal injury minimums as low as only $15,000. The public currently foots the bill for that shortcoming, one way or another.

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