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Hecht Appointed Chief Justice

Gov. Rick Perry announced today that he is appointing Nathan Hecht to serve as the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

Nathan Hecht’s appointment to the top judicial post in Texas is a blow to the notion of fairness and balance on our state’s highest court.

Nathan Hecht is the godfather of the pro-defendant judicial movement in Texas. He has led the charge in using the courts to decimate accountability for insurance companies and other corporate defendants who needlessly harm everyday Texans. Far from showing the type of judicial restraint the public expects of the Chief Justice, Hecht is unapologetically pro-defendant and has been activist in his desire to protect insurance companies and other corporate defendants. (more…)

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Perry Ignores Facts About Impact of Medical Liability Restrictions

Gov. Rick Perry is holding a press conference in Edinburg today touting what his press office calls the “landmark medical malpractice legal reforms” passed a decade ago. The governor is likely to ignore key facts about the failure of these so-called “reforms” to improve the overall health or safety of Texas patients.

Politicians like Rick Perry have traded meaningful, public accountability for immunity, leaving untold numbers of Texas families to bear the financial, physical, and emotional costs of needless medical harm.

The governor and his insurance lobbyist buddies want Texans to believe that taking away the legal rights of patients has been good medicine for our state. But, the facts don’t lie. Texas ranks dead last in the quality of health care, our health care costs are soaring at a rate faster than the national average, we rank near the bottom in the number of doctors who actually see patients, and we have the highest rate of people without health insurance. (more…)

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Consultant Recommends Lowering TWIA Agent Fees. Sound Familiar? Sure Does to Us.

Commissions paid to insurance agents by the state’s windstorm insurance pool should be lowered to levels that are in line with what private insurance carriers pay agents. That is the recommendation of a highly paid consultant hired to give Texas insurance regulators ideas for ways to cut costs in TWIA.

This is a great idea that should be implemented. Why didn’t we think of it? Oh, wait, we did – more than 2 years ago. (more…)

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Study: Restricting Physician Accountability Bad for Patients

Here’s a shocking conclusion from a new academic study into the impact of restricting medical liability: Patients harmed by medical negligence can’t access the legal system.

Okay, not so shocking. We’ve known that for years. Just ask patients who have been needlessly harmed by medical negligence. Or a family member – like Bill and Kelly Putnam – who have lost a loved one.

But, this latest bit of scholarly research into the matter confirms the anecdotal evidence that doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes escape accountability when they commit medical malpractice. The study also concludes that all patients are put at greater risk as a result. (more…)

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Rick Perry: Special Interest Campaigner-In-Chief

Leave it to Rick Perry. While the state is crumbling under a real health care crisis, he’s still defending the lobbyist-driven health care battle from a decade ago that has failed Texas patients. The governor and his insurance lobbyist buddies want you to believe that taking away the legal rights of patients is good medicine. Try as he might, though, there is no disputing the facts. (more…)

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