quasi in rem

Monday, June 21, 2004

Chuck Schumer, Pat Leahy and Ted Kennedy hate sick people.

No really they do. If you noticed today, "the Supreme Court said Monday that patients who claim their HMOs wouldn't pay for needed medical care cannot sue for big malpractice damages, an issue at the heart of the long debate over efficiency versus service in managed health care. " The two cases, Aetna Health Inc. v. Davila, No. 02-1845, and Cigna HealthCare of Texas v. Calad, No. 03-83, were heard on March 23.

And why is this the fault of Herrs Schumer, Leahy and kennedy?

Because arguing the case on behalf of Aetna was none other than rejected D.C. Circuit Court Nominee Miguel Estrada.

If only he had been on the court, he never would have argued the case, written the briefs and convinced the Justices that HMO's were a protected group under ERISA's ridiculously complicated regulatory scheme.

But noooo, they did not want him on the "second most powerful court in the land." Well guess, what that means he is free to use his grand skills in front of the most powerful court in the land.

Feel free to buy HMO stock. As long as they have Estrada on the case, they may not end up having to reimburse patients for anything.


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