Give thanks for tort reformers? No, not really--it's just a little holiday humor. Rather than giving thanks, spend some time this weekend reading an informative piece from The Nation, reprinted in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Tort reform advocates play fast and loose with the facts"--
The numbers show that lawsuits are an insignificant cost both to businesses and to health providers, for whom they represent less than 2 percent of spending. In short, the lawsuit-abuse crisis is a hoax. Yet the Republican right has launched one of the great propaganda blitzes of recent American history to yank the teeth from the civil jury.
The article's author is Dan Zegart, who also calls the tort-reform movement "a 30-year-long war by the ultraright to disembowel the civil-justice system and make the United States safer for companies to work their unfettered will."
You don't think you're being hoodwinked by the tort reformers? You will after you read the article. But if you read it and still find yourself in a foul mood about lawyers, finish off your holiday lesson with an example of "underlawyering" from Denise Howell: "Ties That Bind."