Senate Faces Debate on Malpractice Reforms

President Bush has made "legal reform" a top priority of his second administration. The New York Times reports Monday on the battle that will ensue in Congress over the issue.

"Legal reform" really means protecting big corporations from legal liability through statutory grants of immunity. Check out the Center for Justice and Democracy, whose mission is to protect the right to a jury trial and an independent judiciary, and their first-time awards for the Top Ten Zany Immunity Laws (pdf).

The next time you hear "legal reform," instead of buying into Republican images of towns without ob-gyns to deliver babies because of the price of malpractice insurance, picture instead special interest groups with beaucoup bucks in outstretched hands to Congresspersons, pleading "Shield us."

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