(H/T Mr CLS:) Our readers may recall that fractious House Democratic caucus we covered around one month ago. There were 4 points made by the Congressman to the slabbed, and it appears Madam Speaker is listening to the good advice she was given. Those 4 points:
repeal the “Tauzin deal” that prohibits Medicare from negotiating prices with drug companies
require generic drugs in Medicare unless the doctor certifies that a brand name drug is medically necessary
require insurance plans to offer parents the option to cover their children up to age 27
None of these items will cost taxpayers a dime and in fact would save money. Nowdy and I founded Slabbed 2 years and 2 months ago based upon a few simple principles which is well illustrated by the following Margaret Mead quote:
We’ve had some big days here on Slabbed over the last couple of years but we’re on our way to a new daily visit record. Thank you for stopping in and being in that number. Also you Kingsway folks should be calling over to Liberty Mutual thanking them for what they’ve done. Rest assured we have more coming.
Unlike Sop and those of you “in the know” commenting, I know little about any of the individuals who are among “the cast of characters” in the Jefferson Parish story. Behavioral science, on the other hand, is a subject I know something about – more than enough to tell me that among “the cast of characters” are some who were “caught up” in “the situation”.
I began writing this commentary as a comment in response to one Whitmergate posted that began: “Well Sop, I would like to believe that a person who has a grasp of reality would do exactly what one’s gut feels is right…” Unfortunately, for some in Jefferson Parish, “what one’s gut feels is right” was shaped by “the situation”
In my off-blog life, I’ve been researching and writing about behavior – most recently about the reasons for “misbehavior” and how it develops. In order to reach the point I needed to make, I’ve had to go all the way back to the period immediately following birth and work my way forward.
Along the way, I passed the period when children begin functioning as a member of some group – meaning preschool or school. In their first group experience, many children will exhibit what is deemed “inappropriate behavior” by the standards of the group. Often, however, these children are simply behaving in a way they’ve learned and believe appropriate because it is “acceptable behavior” in their home, community, or culture. Nonetheless, in order to be a successful member of the group, these children must change their behavior to that deemed appropriate for the group.
Folks we have proof positive that alittle Slabbin’ coupled with sunshine makes a difference as yesterday, Liberty Mutual filed a motion to seal the evidence that we presented Monday regarding a policyholder in New Orleans that Liberty Mutual had arrested simply because the policyholder dared to filed a claim for the wind damage that Liberty Mutual promised to cover in their homeowners policy but never did.
Isn’t this so typical of a socially deviant corporate predator insurance company to behave badly and then try to shield their behavior from the public trying to designate their bullshit a trade secret or otherwise confidential. Unfortunately these criminals (and folks lets call this what it is) have enablers in the federal court system, usually in the form of former insurance defense lawyers that bought their way onto the court with the fortunes they made defending insurance companies while in private practice.
US Magistrate Robert Walker is such an example here in Mississippi and there is no shortage of such types in the Louisiana Eastern District such as Judge Kurt Engelhardt. These people provide insurers with the magic jurisdiction needed to hush up the bad behavior. Unfortunately Judge Vance’s Magistrate in Ex Rel Branch, Sally Sushan has proven herself one such enabler. Is it any wonder that out here on Main Street the public’s confidence in getting a fair shake out of our court system is at an all time low.