During the GOP presidential debate on November 9, 2011, current GOP presidential candidate (and current Texas Governor) Rick Perry had a “memory lapse” that has stirred discussion whether he is truly a viable presidential candidate. Governor Perry was unable to name the three federal agencies that he proposed to eliminate (“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone — Commerce, Education, and the um, um what’s the third one there? Let’s see… Oh five, OK — so Commerce, Education, and the um,um,um.” When the moderator asked, “But you can’t name the third one?” Governor Perry responded, “The third agency of government I would do away with — the Education, uh, the uh, Commerce and let’s see — I can’t — the third one I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”) [For the record, Governor, you forgot the Department of Energy]
The many Texans who have been injured as the result of medical malpractice committed by Texas doctors and other negligent medical care providers such as hospitals since Governor Perry took the lead in pushing medical malpractice tort reforms in Texas in 2003 know that he has also forgotten (and has forsaken) them, too.
A couple of years ago, Governor Perry issued a formal statement in which he stated proudly that he “led the effort to pass sweeping lawsuit reforms so that innocent employers could put their money into job growth rather than damage awards.” Governor Perry proudly boasted that under his “leadership,” Texas “enacted several key legal reforms that are protecting the state’s economy and improving the availability of medical care. These reforms freed the doctors from excessive medical liability insurance premiums…”
“Freed The Doctors?”
Nowhere in Governor Perry’s statement does he even mention the victims of medical malpractice or the effects that his “tort reforms” had on their lives and the financial burdens now shifted to them that they have to endure themselves due solely to the negligence or incompetence of Texas doctors or hospitals who were “freed” from their financial responsibility to fully compensate the victims of their carelessness.
“Best Of All, You [The Hospitals In Texas] Get The Benefit Of The [Medical Malpractice] Tort Reforms…”
In a 2009 speech to the Texas Hospital Association, Governor Perry admitted the purely business-oriented purpose of his medical malpractice tort reform efforts that solely benefited health care providers at the sole expense of people (that is, Texans hurt by medical malpractice) when he stated to an appreciative crowd of hospital administrators and owners, “Best of all, you get the benefit of the reforms we’ve made to our legal system….”
Texas Governor Rick Perry’s medical malpractice tort reforms since 2003 have placed the profits of the few (doctors and hospitals) over the well-being of the many (Texas medical malpractice victims) — in short, Governor Perry chose to protect and represent the powerful and wealthy at the expense of the people who elected him to represent everyone’s interests equally.
To the people of Texas: even though your rights to compensation for your injuries and losses due to medical malpractice have been seriously limited by Governor Perry’s medical malpractice tort reform priorities, you are still entitled to some compensation from your negligent medical providers.
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