Tort Reform is Based on Lies to Fool Consumers
"Think back to 2003. You may remember those galvanizing TV and radio commercials concerning “run-away” jury awards.
The woman at McDonalds who spilled her coffee… didn’t she get an unreasonable settlement at tax payers’ expense? Wouldn’t we all like to see some change there? The insurance companies sure thought so, and they used the considerable weight of their campaign contributions to recruit the Texas Republican Party to their cause. They then applied that momentum in full force in the decade to come. Although the McDonalds case was unrelated, occurred in 1994, and was extremely fact-specific, insurance companies spent tons of money on their media campaign to convince taxpayers that reform was absolutely necessary. Specifically, insurance companies used the public hysteria surrounding the McDonalds case to argue that obscene damages were being handed out left and right to every person who brought a lawsuit regarding personal injury. The insurance lobby went further to claim that corporations and doctors were suffering because, gee whiz, citizens who had suffered negligence or absolute ill-will at the hands of a professional had the nerve to sue for fair compensation of their damages."
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