Bruce Braley Blasted The Chamber Of Commerce Over Tort Reform

 

BACKGROUND …Tort Litigation Adds More Than $250 Billion To Cost Of HealthcareTort Litigation Costs More Than $250 Billion And 27 Cents Of Every Healthcare Dollar Goes Towards Litigation. “Tort litigation costs Americans more than $250 billion, that’s the equivalent to 2.2 percent of GDP and roughly $838 per person, according to Towers Watson.  This has real economic consequences. In healthcare alone, it’s estimated that tort reform could eliminate up 27 percent of medical costs. In other words, 27 cents of every healthcare dollar goes toward litigation.”(America’s Ongoing Tort Litigation Nightmare, Forbes, 01/09/12)Braley Wrote An Op-Ed Criticizing The Chamber Of Commerce’s Campaign For Tort Reform As An “All-Out Attack On Trial Lawyers”

In February 1998, Braley Wrote An Op-Ed Criticizing The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Tort Reform Campaign As An “All-Out Attack On Trial Lawyers.” “The stories described how Washington’s largest business lobbying group — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — is planning its most expensive public relations campaign ever: ‘an all-out attack on trial lawyers.’ Because I am a trial lawyer this attack is aimed directly at me and the clients I represent.” (Bruce Braley, Op-Ed, “Attack on Trial Lawyers Will Benefit Big Business,” San Jose Mercury News 2/11/98)

Braley Claimed Tort Reform Efforts Threaten America’s Justice System And “The Real Victims” Will Be Consumers. “But the truth is, while the Chamber of Commerce may be aiming its slings and arrows at the legal profession, its real target is America’s system of justice. And that’s why the real victims in this campaign will be consumers.” (Bruce Braley, Op-Ed, “Attack on Trial Lawyers Will Benefit Big Business,” San Jose Mercury News 2/11/98)

Braley: “I Will Also Oppose The Misguided Efforts Of The U.S. Chamber And Its Allies To Take Away My Clients’ Rights Under The Guise Of Attacking My Profession.” (Bruce Braley, Op-Ed, “Attack on Trial Lawyers Will Benefit Big Business,” San Jose Mercury News 2/11/98)