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  • Honesty from Howard Dean on Trial Lawyers and Health Care

    On Wednesday of this week, former Democratic National Committee chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean spoke at a health care townhall hosted by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA). When asked by a Moran constituent why medical malpractice reform was not included in Obamacare, Dean demonstrated some admirable candor. Watch:

    Dean tells the audience:

    This is the answer from a doctor and a politician. Here’s why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that, the more stuff you put in it, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on. And that is the plain and simple truth.

    David Freddoso and Kevin Mooney documented the left’s dependence on trial lawyers earlier this month:

    An Examiner analysis of the 15 firms on the National Law Journal’s “2008 Plaintiff’s Hot List” shows that for 2009, their employees have contributed $636,305 to federal politicians and PACs. Only $4,875 of that amount has gone to Republicans, meaning that the nation’s top trial lawyers are giving more than 99 percent Democratic this year. The PAC for the American Association of Justice, the top trial lawyer lobbying group, has been marginally more balanced, giving Democrats a mere 96 percent of its $627,000 in contributions.

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    10 Responses to Honesty from Howard Dean on Trial Lawyers and Health Care

    1. Bill San Antonio TX says:

      God Bless Howard Dean!

      Finally, finally – an American leftist has the courage to be honest and tell the American people what we knew, anyway, about the power of the trial lawyers.

      It is refreshing to hear a political operative telling the truth with a direct, concise explanation. And, we did not have to decipher a piece of legislation.

      Whatever your political views, you've got to respect him, at least, for this.

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    3. MAS - Denver, CO says:

      Tort reform is the one thing that actually would reduce medical costs. But of course cost isn't the main objective of the Obama administration. The objective is control over the lives and liberties of each American. And now the administration will stoop to invoking Sen. Kennedy's name in its final push.

      You won't get all this in network media though. ABC won't even air opposition advertisements to take over of health care – calling them 'partisan.' ABC should be more concerned about pulling the plug on it's disastrous fall TV lineup rather than cheerleading for Obama.

      http://www.conservativeblog.thewebinfocenter.com/

    4. DANIEL CABRERA, MERR says:

      IT LOOKS THAT THIS 'SOLEMNIC MOMENT FOR SEN KENNEDY' IS JUST A THEATER (A CHEAP ONE) – PELOSI – EVEN BEFORE TWO HOURS AFTER KENNEDY'S DEATH – SHE WAS ALREADY CLAIMING AND CHANTING HIS NAME AS SPECIAL FACTOR TO PASS THE HEALTH CARE PROJECT (actually inforce it to the american public) ____

      Remember that THE OBAMA GANG is determined to pass this bogus plan AGAINST THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIS (whic is anti-democratic / anti-constitutional)….remember they declearEd it will be done …"BY ANY MEANS NESCESSARY…"

      'THE LET'S DO IT FOR TED, PLATFORM' – THIS BAND OF CHICAGO-STYLE GANGSTERS WILL DO "ANYTHING NESCESSARY "…. WHEN MORALS ARE NOT LONGER PRESENT….EXPLOITATION OF THE DEAD IS UNHOLLY…this is an aberation/alteration/abuse of NECROPHILIA.

      How stupid those DUMBO-CRATS think americans are?

      Democrat factions – (THE OBAMA GANG CHICAGO-TYPE CORRUPTED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE GROUP, ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL / ANTI-AMERICAN, TERRORISTS-FRIENDLY ORIENTED ADMINISTRATION) – THEY want the pasing of the health care plan without the GOP …"BY ANY MEANS NESCESSARY"____

      It seems that the INTIMIDATIONS AND BRIBES are not powerful enough to convince as many as they wish to convince for this bogus plan.____

      AND NOW THEY WILL PUSH THE DEATH OF KENNEDY AS AN EXTRA COMPASSION / LET'S DO IT FOR TED' PLATFORM.

      Doing this – against the will of the people,… which, IN MAJORITY!, is clearly reluctant to the project – is a slap in the face to the american public,…a DISRESPECT….not to mention that doing this is non-democratic, therefore ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL AND SO, ANTI-AMERICAN.____

      A premise;- TYTRANY AGAINST THE PEOPLE WILL, IS ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL,… AND SO,… THAT IS TREASON!,…__

      A corolary AND OUT THERE IS VERY GOOD LEGAL POWER (lawyers, investigators, journalist, …you name it) with a MASSIVE DOCUMENTATION / PROOF TO WIPE THIS ADMISTRATION TO KINDOM COME____

      My question; – DO WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SEND THIS ANTI-AMERICAN APARATUS TO KINDOM COME?

      Good day,

      Daniel Cabrera,

      Merrillville,Indiana

    5. Jack Lohman says:

      And with that the Heritage Foundation still opposes public financing of campaigns, and still prefers our system of political bribery?

    6. Jack Lohman says:

      Tort Reform is indeed necessary, but it is NOT the main problem with high costs. Malpractice payments remain at less than 1/2 of 1% of total costs, though they should indeed convert the system to a three-judge panel of peers and get rid of the 12-man inexperienced jury.

      But much of the CYA over-ordering will continue because it is profitable under the fee-for-service system of physician payments.

      And while I dislike unscrupulous attorneys, lawsuits are needed to get rid of doctors who are killing patients. But the "punitive damages" should go into the healthcare fund rather than be given to attorneys and plaintiffs that have already been compensated.

      With qualified judges we also do not need caps, because they can be fair in situations where, say, a wrong limb is amputated.

      Our problem with high costs are mainly due to the 31% of insurance bureaucracy waste that is not needed to provide patient care.

      See http://SinglePayer.info

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    10. Blatant Bribes says:

      We all remember the TV show “Roots” could this have been the real inspiration for AmeriChoice Health. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION Whiffed pitch No. 6: blatant stereotyping. By Mark Athitakis April 1, 2003 (Business 2.0)– GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DUMBEST MOMENT OF 2002

      In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted neighborhoods in New York City and gives away coupons for free chickens as an incentive for the underprivileged to switch their Medicare coverage. New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION – April 1, 2003 Apr 1, 2003 … Just don’t tell him about the “Chinese health balls.” ….. In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted … New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general….. Falling on his sword, Welch announces he’ll give up most of the perks,…

      2009 and 2010 $120,000 from your tax dollars at work

      Philadelphia PA Mayor Nutter received two years in a row $60,000 checks to help keep open and operate the city swimming pools. These checks came from AmeriChoice Health and on the surface seems like fine gifts. Yet, they are Bribes non the less, these checks come from a company who receives all its money from the Federal State Governments as a vendor for Medicare Medicaid services is not allowed to offer bribes kickbacks and money gifts of any kind in order to promote its share of the market place. This is also not allowed as a use of your taxpayers dollars yet it happens.What does it really cost the City of Philadelphia to receive this money? Americhoice Health has a long history of corruption over the years yet seems to be protected by those who are responsible to over see their actions why is that? Sorry must apologize just received a notice that AmeriChoice Health was under the impression they thought they were suppose to have started their very own stimulus and economic program package and the one they implemented, they had no idea it violated all the Stark ,Health and Kickbacks laws. Some one will have to notify the following departments it was all a mistake or error in judgement, the Department of Justice, CMS, Dept of health and Human resourses,the FBI,and IRS, and any other agency effected by this tragedy or unfortunate misunderstanding. No harm, no fowl, forgive and forget, OK, then how about some coupons for a free whole fried chicken…..

      Among its provisions, the anti-kickback statute penalizes anyone who knowingly and willfully solicits, receives, offers or pays remuneration in cash or in kind to induce, or in return for: A. Referring an individual to a person for the furnishing, or arranging for the furnishing, of any item or service payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program; or B. Purchasing, leasing or ordering , or arranging for or recommending purchasing, leasing or ordering, any goods, facility, service or item payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program. Violators are subject to criminal penalties, or exclusion from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid rograms, or both. A violation of the anti-kickback law is a felony offense that carries criminal fines of up to $25,000 per violation, imprisonment for up to five years and exclusion from government health care programs.The federal anti-kickback statute, 42 U.S.C.§ 1320a-7b(b), prohibits individuals or entities from knowingly and willfully offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid or any other federally funded program.

      If this were any one person not a corporation they would be in jail now, if the FBI were called in on this matter they would be in jail now, if the IRS were notified they would be in jail now. Since all Ameri-Choice checks come from the United Health’s home office they should be held equally responsible for any bribes, kickbacks, Stark, Fraud and inducements violations that have occured. Federal and State Governments have developed such a depended position with this company that laws and rules no longer apply for them.This role is nothing new for the AmeriChoice people and its been going on for years, look at some of the prior news articles that date back for years only now they can afford to hire the best of Law firms and give the most for Political contributations all on the back of the taxpayer. Sure the Laws have become tighter but you can still dance away their problems.

      Three years ago they were reported to these Federal agency’s and as of todays date not only were they allowed to continue doing business but were never charged once. Protected vendor status sure, politics sure,limited government budgets sure, Federal and State officals looking the other way sure, and rather then stop these activities a strong desire not to rock the boat existed. Even with the vast changes in the laws and budgets,a hands off policy remains, you tell me what’s wrong with this picture? The Government created this monster and now they don’t know what to do about it, like shooting yourself in your own foot etc. Tons of money to advance their national growth, its market positions, tons of money for political donations, tons of money to send 75 millon back to its home office from New York state alone, tons of money to suppot National TV shows, tons of money to pay hugh State fines, tons of money to hire the very best law firms, tons of money to pay for bribes and kickbacks, tons of money for hugh salarys and bonuses, all done on the back of the American taxpayor, you see this company receives all its money from the Federal government. Should your tax dollars be held to a higher standard? Should the government agencys responsible for there review be held to that same standard?Should the IRS audit their corruption? Why has this company not been charged? How long can the buck be passed here in more ways then one? Hey, it’s your tax dollars don’t complain now then don’t complain later.tax dollars for bribes // Oct 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

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