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  •  Not sure what to add, nyceve (10+ / 0-)

    IANAL, and I can't pretend any expertise in areas like ERISA, which limits legal liability for insurers and HMO's in certain ways.  

    What I do know is that most people in the health care community aren't experts either, and are susceptible to threats of possible legal action.  What these threats do is change the economic calculus, opening the door to possible vast costs for misbehavior and incentivizing good corporate citizenship.

    Tort reform is one of those propagandistic lies, like "Healthy Forests", the right depends upon to disguise its economic royalist agenda.  

    There's probably a good legal practice opportunity in simply writing threatening letters to HMO's and insurers.  Merely having a well-crafted letter on legal letterhead usually accomplishes all that's needed.

    -4.50, -5.85 Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls. -- Rumi

    by Dallasdoc on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 04:29:47 PM PST

    •  Doc, have always appreciated your input (2+ / 0-)
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      to our conversations here. The tactic also works with other entities. I've written a lot of letters for persons who are not so fluent or experienced, and the formality and the implication that the conversation can be taken to other forums and levels of actions is effective.

      WRT the right wing propaganda lies (esp. the insidious tort reform lines) need to be put in an encyclopedia of their own for easy access. Going over the same explanitive process every single time wastes a lot of time and is not advantageous to clarity.

      In contrast to the Texas myth of one ranger/one riot (Brownfield riots) where one cold-cocked leader equals everyone suddenly understanding exactly, in this it's like whack-a-mole for every single incident.

      (Of course, I presume here that Republican propaganda lies would be encyclopedic by nature. I could be hyping this a bit, but I don't think so. Easy classifications like Medical, Climate, etc. would make access easier.)

      And thanks nyceve; at least someone's hitting the nail on the head today instead of many just chewing their cud.

      Illumination is cheap around here.

      by walkshills on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 05:15:15 PM PST

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