June 27, 2006

IL-6: GOP Tort Reform Hypocrisy

Illinois Republican Peter Roskam is running against Democrat Tammy Duckworth to replace 16-term Republican Rep. Henry J. Hyde in Congress. Peter Roskam, a former Tom Delay aid, is a typical rubber stamp Bush Republican.

As a typical Republican, Peter Roskam supports tort reform.
Roskam has named lawsuit reform as a top priority.

"I will vote to pass lawsuit reform in Congress," said Roskam. "Illinois is a crisis state and doctors are leaving our state because of frivolous lawsuits."

Roskam has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and several specialty medical associations.
Typical conservative pandering rather than actually solving the problem of doctors leaving. Like many other Conservative cause there is a heavy does of hypocrisy put forth by Republican politicians. Peter Roskam is a partner in law firm of Salvi, Roskam & Maher. Yes, Peter Roskam is a one of the evil personal injury lawyers that earn $615,000 last year only from his work. The Republican area of expertise is in the following:
Automobile Accidents and Injuries; Construction; Premises Liability; Products Liability; Slip and Fall; Dog Bites; Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Accidents; Automobile Negligence; Bicycle Accidents; Boating Accidents; Bodily Injury; Catastrophic Injury; Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries; Motorcycle Accidents; Pedestrian Injuries; Wrongful Death
Dog Bites, Slip and Fall?
Republicans frequently invoke the scary image of predatory lawyers who take out full-page "We get results!" ads in the Yellow Pages; lawyers who beckon victims of "slip and fall injuries, medical negligence ... dog-bite injuries, wrongful death [and] defective products" to "put our experience to work for you. ... No fee unless you collect."

Lawyers like--boo!--Peter Roskam.

I borrowed the above verbiage from an ad for Salvi, Roskam & Maher, a Wheaton personal-injury firm and proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a national organization of attorneys "who have won million and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements."
If Peter Roskam is really against frivolous lawsuits let the people look over his full list of his clients.
We believe the real problem in the system is frivolous lawsuits like those that Peter Roskam solicits in his Yellow Pages ads," said Duckworth campaign manager Jon Carson, whose camp provided the images of the ads. "We need to look for ways to stop these lawsuits on the front end, maybe by setting standards for the advertising."

Carson called upon Roskam to release a full list of his clients "so we can see what role he has or hasn't played in the reduction of frivolous suits."

Roskam spokesman Ryan McLaughlin branded Duckworth's line of attack as "dirty politics" and said that, "bottom line, groups that support lawsuit reform support Peter Roskam. ... Yeah, he's an attorney, but [as a state legislator] he has never voted against reform."
Instead Illinois State Senator Peter Roskam and this Republican business partner stated a PAC called Sir Thomas More Justice League to raise money from trial attorney to stop tort reform. Under Republican pressure Peter Roskam did not vote against tort reform rather he voted “present” and returned the PAC money.

Peter Roskam will fit right in with Republican Clowns in Congress. Lets send Tammy Duckworth rather than a Bush Republican.


At August 21, 2006 7:56 AM, Blogger Larry Bodine said...

No matter how much money Laura Bush brings in, it won't buy off voters. That's why so many fed-up Republicans like me are supporting Tammy Duckworth.

To read "Why Roskam Will Lose," visit http://republicansforduckworth.typepad.com/blog/

At September 30, 2006 5:15 PM, Blogger greg duncan said...

I met Tammy Duckworth last week and was very impressed with her. It would be nice to elect someone with actual character and intelligence. I certainly hope she gets the chance to represent us.

At October 18, 2006 3:47 PM, Blogger TAPayne said...

tort reform for medical malpractice?there is absolutely no need for such.what is needed is to stop the practice of credentialing people without the proper level of intellectual and academic capacity as medical professionals as social engineering projects ie Goals 2000 project.if a medical student needs the second two years of medical school (clinical studies)in order to raise a grade point average to "C" due to poor performance in the first two (academic studies)this person should NOT receive a medical degree. A "C" average may be sufficient for some professions, but not for any medical profession and absolutely not to receice an M.D.this simple correction in practices with show a huge drop in medical malpractice cases over time as the credentialed professionals are phased out by attrition

you also might consider that other forms of suits such as product liability and such would decrease if corporations were more interested in what their products will do once disseminated,rather than if they will make more off of the sales than they project they will pay in awards, so if you remove these awards or limit them it will be easier for these companies to figure this into their products and have even less consideration of the harm they do as even if the number of suits goes up they will still be able to maintain profitability, so look at who wants this reform and their hidden agendas

never answer an unanswered question with an unquestioned answer


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