Imagine this scenario. Texans are facing a physician shortage. Under-served rural and poor communities struggle to attract doctors to serve their needs. Politicians scramble to find a solution to the crisis. That is where we were 10 years ago. Things aren’t so different today. (more…)
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.
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…)
In a Pre-Labor Day, late Friday afternoon media dump, the Texas Supreme Court released a series of anti-justice opinions. Among them was a dangerous ruling that gives predator doctors the benefit of the doubt just because they wear white coats and assault their victims in exam rooms. (more…)
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…)
Texas Watch Director of Legislative Affairs Ware Wendell demanded solutions to our home insurance market during testimony before state lawmakers this week. He called on the legislature to give homeowners a “square deal” that includes decent coverage for a fair price, the power to generate real price competition to bring down rates and improve service, and better transparency so that homeowners know what they are (and aren’t) getting when they pay their premium. Check out the video. (more…)
The Senate Business & Commerce Committee met today to discuss issues in the Texas home insurance market. Texas Watch Director of Legislative Affairs Ware Wendell told Senators about some of the many problems facing Texas policyholders, including high rates, slashed coverage, and a lack of transparency for consumers. (more…)
Curt Koenning with the self-styled Texans Against of Lawsuit Abuse recently implored Texans to heed the call for jury service. In an area of rare accord, we agree. Citizens must participate in the jury system. It is a fundamental civic duty and the foundation of our judicial system. But… (you knew that was coming, didn’t you?)
Mr. Koenning’s exhortation is pure hypocrisy. (more…)
Today, the Texas Supreme Court held on rehearing in Texas Mutual v. Ruttiger (No. 08-0751) that injured workers no longer possess a cause of action against an insurance company under the Insurance Code for unfair settlement practices, nor do insurance companies owe workers a common law duty of good faith and fair dealing, eliminating these long-established rights with the stroke of a pen. (more…)