In case you missed it, here is a postscript on my Oklahoma tort reform bill report. Governor Brad Henry signed House Bill 1603 into law on May 22, 2009.
On the assumption that some will not want to read the attached article (it does cause a justice seeker to gag), here are some block quotes from a few legislators and commentators that expose them as perpetrators or dupes of the myth that tort reform, somehow, saves jobs, leads to quality healthcare, and improves the business climate. I realize that IB is a professional site and restraint is important, but WHAT A CROCK! Here goes:
"This is a huge day for Oklahoma,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City. "We have made it possible for Oklahoma to keep our best and brightest physicians, and assure that those legitimately wronged will have their day in court.”
Do you believe this baloney?! How does a low damage cap on serious injuries assure someone will "have their day in court". How does limited accountability keep anyone but those who maim and kill with impunity. Here’s more:
House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, said the measure is "true reform that will ensure access to quality, affordable health care while encouraging economic development and jobs creation in our state.”
If there is no accountability, Mr. Speaker, there is no ‘quality’: how does restricting access to justice to those who most need it serve to ‘encourage economic development’? Here’s another:
"This comprehensive package will create jobs, increase health care accessibility in all corners of the state and show outside companies that Oklahoma is open for business.”
Guess who said that? A Gold star for anyone who said senior vice president of operations at The State Chamber of Commerce, a guy by the name of Mike Seney (rhymes with Cheney?).
To my colleague from Hawaii, Wayne Parsons: If the lights are on in Oklahoma; there is a serious power shortage. May 22, 2009 is truly a sad day for Oklahoma tort victims.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.