The Conservative Attempt to Federalize Tort “Reform”
As many of you know, there is a congressional “Super Committee” set up to look for ways to better balance our budget via expenditure cutbacks and/or revenue increases. And among the ideas floated by certain conservatives, is to sneak medical malpractice “reform” into the package.
I’ve railed many times against the abject hypocrisy of conservatives seeking to enlarge federal power by giving protections and immunities to those that injure others by negligence. Without me repeating myself, these are a a few, then I’ll get to the link I really want to send you to:
The New Congress and the Constitution (Will they really defend it?) (January 6, 2011)
Today it is someone else’s turn to hold the torch, that being Andrew Cochran, founder of The 7th Amendment Advocate, a website dedicated to educating the public and policymakers on the centuries-long history of the right enunciated in the 7th Amendment to a jury trial for civil suits.
And he writes today on the many conservative voices in academia that have risen up to oppose as unconstitutional the attempt to use federal power to limit the rights of the citizenry in state court claims: Letter to “Super Committee” Opposing Federal Tort Reform Proposals
Among those conservatives that have spoken out against the hypocritical usurpation of state rights are:
Professor Randy Barnett; longtime tort reform proponents Walter Olson and Ted Frank; Republican Members of Congress such as Sen. Tom Coburn and Reps. Ted Poe, John Duncan, and Ron Paul; and the largest association of state legislators in the country
Cochran today sends a 10-page letter to the Super Committee members, dwelling mainly on this issue: That conservatives cannot scream that President Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional as a federal power grab while at the same time asking to give the federal government more power.
The letter, filled with essential links and quotes, is here: Letter to “Super Committee” Opposing Federal Tort Reform Proposals.