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A Doctor's Plan for Legal Industry Reform [An awesome criticism/parody of Obamacare!]
Wall St. Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 | RICHARD B. RAFAL

Posted on 09/03/2009 9:09:37 PM PDT by grundle

Since we are moving toward socialism with ObamaCare, the time has come to do the same with other professions—especially lawyers. Physician committees can decide whether lawyers are necessary in any given situation.

At a town-hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., last month, our uninformed lawyer in chief suggested that we physicians would rather chop off a foot than manage diabetes since we would make more money doing surgery. Then President Obama compounded his attack by claiming a doctor's reimbursement is between "$30,000" and "$50,000" for such amputations! (Actually, such surgery costs only about $1,500.)

Physicians have never been so insulted. Because of these affronts, I will gladly volunteer for the important duty of controlling and regulating lawyers. We physicians know much more about legal practice than lawyers do about medicine.

Following are highlights of a proposed bill authorizing the dismantling of the current framework of law practice and instituting socialized legal care:

*Contingency fees will be discouraged, and eventually outlawed, over a five-year period. Slick lawyers taking their "cut" smacks of a bookie operation.

*Government schedules of flat fees for each service, analogous to medicine's Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), will be issued. For example, any divorce will have a set fee of, say, $1,000, regardless of its simplicity or complexity.

*Discourage/eliminate specialization. Legal specialists with extra training and experience charge more money, contributing to increased costs of legal care, making it unaffordable for many.

*Electronic legal records. We should enter the digital age and computerize and centralize legal records nationwide.

*Ban legal advertisements.

*New government oversight. Government overhead to manage the legal system will include a cabinet secretary, commissioners, ombudsmen, auditors, assistants, czars and departments.

*Create a commission to study the diversity and geographic distribution of attorneys, with power to stipulate and enforce corrective actions to right imbalances.

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1 posted on 09/03/2009 9:09:38 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Now, this is change we can believe in.


2 posted on 09/03/2009 9:11:39 PM PDT by stop_fascism (Georgism is Capitalism's best, last hope)
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To: grundle

By Christmas time I believe we will see a protracted General Strike all across America. The country will completely shut down. Everybody has had enough. General Strike until the Kenyan resigns.

Banks nationalized. Car companies nationalized. 2 Trillion stimulus gone. Nationalized health care. Gun ban coming. Illegal aliens amnesty coming. Communist Czars in the Whtie House. This sucker is coming down.

General Strike 2010. Unlikely to end peaceably.


3 posted on 09/03/2009 9:15:17 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: grundle
Government schedules of flat fees for each service, analogous to medicine's Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), will be issued. For example, any divorce will have a set fee of, say, $1,000, regardless of its simplicity or complexity.

I'll bite this finger.

4 posted on 09/03/2009 9:18:50 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: windcliff

ping


5 posted on 09/03/2009 9:19:34 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: grundle

Well done!

I hope you repost this in the morninig so more people
will read it. I’ve exhausted my ping list for the week.


6 posted on 09/03/2009 9:19:37 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: grundle

SINGLE PAYER NATIONALIZED LEGAL SERVICES !!!


7 posted on 09/03/2009 9:29:24 PM PDT by Mother Mary
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To: grundle

Does he mention death panels for clients who reach a certain age? “I’d like to help you with your living trust, but you’re too old, here, take this pill.”


8 posted on 09/03/2009 9:32:33 PM PDT by budwiesest (All Sarah has to do is go out and be Sarah. The people will do the rest.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Here’s an idea...


9 posted on 09/03/2009 9:33:11 PM PDT by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: grundle
Well, since there is a Constitutional Right to lawyers. If any occupation should be socialized, Law should be it. Not health care where there is not a Constitutional right for it.
10 posted on 09/03/2009 9:47:59 PM PDT by Leopard1996
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To: FlyingEagle

There with be something. Don’t worry they are hoping for a swine flu crisis and I figure they plan to manufacture one.


11 posted on 09/03/2009 9:58:09 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Party like it is 1776)
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To: grundle
“President Obama compounded his attack by claiming a doctor's reimbursement is between “$30,000” and “$50,000” for such amputations! (Actually, such surgery costs only about $1,500.)”

It was just another of Obama’s ‘teachable moments’. Alas, Obama is the apocryphal Harvard man. You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much. Not, I might add, teach him, either.

12 posted on 09/03/2009 10:01:12 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: grundle

Do it to the entertainment industry too.

Great article!


13 posted on 09/03/2009 10:10:16 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby (To understan' the livin' you got to commune wit' da dead.)
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To: grundle

LOL!


14 posted on 09/04/2009 12:16:03 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: grundle

I support the doctors of this country and I condemn Obama’s remarks about them. Get the trial LAWYERS instead, Obie! They’re the money-grubbing leeches.


15 posted on 09/04/2009 3:52:15 AM PDT by RoadTest ( Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols - Psalm 97:12a)
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To: grundle

Best editorial I’ve read in months! Thanks!


16 posted on 09/04/2009 5:45:25 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: Neverforget01

Indeed, this was a good read.


17 posted on 09/04/2009 6:47:33 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: grundle; GOPJ; Current Occupant; Baynative; mnehrling; eeevil conservative; Repub4bush; andyk; ...

This came up last night.
It’s a very smart parody
that hits a homerun on
the travesty of HR2300.


18 posted on 09/04/2009 8:03:54 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Jo Nuvark

I have proposed single payer public option legal services in the past.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.


19 posted on 09/04/2009 8:10:56 AM PDT by listenhillary (We became community organizers and Obama and the Statists get p*ssed off at us?)
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To: grundle

I also like loser pays, with one modification.

Many lawyers handle cases on contingency - if they win at trial, for example, they get 30-40% of the award.

In loser pays, if the plaintiff wins they get money, and if they lose they get stuck with paying both sides legal fees and costs.

That’s unfair - so, to make it fair, the contingency percentage would be in the event of a win or a loss. So if the lawyer gets 30% of an award upon winning, he or she should be stuck with paying 30% of the costs and fees upon losing.

Partnership in good times and bad.

Fair is fair.


20 posted on 09/04/2009 8:14:37 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: listenhillary

Yup! Thanks for stopping by.

Spread the word. If Lawyers
think they are in the cross
hairs, they might cross “over”
when they see the light.


21 posted on 09/04/2009 8:16:27 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: grundle
"Because of these affronts, I will gladly volunteer for the important duty of controlling and regulating lawyers."

Oh! Please, please let me help! Please.....

These self proclaimed Gods love to keep the pot stirring. It helps their bottom line and keeps them in power.

I would love to do something with their bottoms, for sure. Govthug colonoscopys with an asbestos glove for all of them, before anyone else.

BTW, Did you notice that Harvard won the election....again? Coincidence...I'm sure.

22 posted on 09/04/2009 8:23:20 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: grundle

Excellent!


23 posted on 09/04/2009 8:25:56 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: stop_fascism

INDEED.


24 posted on 09/04/2009 8:41:33 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Earthdweller; grundle; listenhillary; Lancey Howard

[... These self proclaimed Gods love to keep the
pot stirring. It helps their bottom line and keeps
them in power...]

Aren’t most of our politicians “LAWYERS”???
Of course they won’t reform tort law.

(V8 Moment)


25 posted on 09/04/2009 8:42:13 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Jo Nuvark

Actually, several of these are good ideas.


26 posted on 09/04/2009 9:09:44 AM PDT by Syrin23
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To: grundle

NOW....we’re ON TO SOMETHING!!!! Some enterprising young Republican in Congress needs to propose something similar!!!


27 posted on 09/04/2009 11:35:08 AM PDT by goodnesswins (George Orwell would be proud. Truth are lies, Slavery is Freedom, Oppression is Feminism.)
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To: grundle

Every one has a right to legal care!


28 posted on 09/04/2009 11:42:09 AM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: grundle

The sad fact is many people are ignorant as to the fact that in many areas of law attorney fees are caped and are regulated.

Many state bars set the amounts for contingency fee maximums.

Same in federal court.

ALSO judges do have the power to review fee agreements.

I think the first step is to start forcing the closure of some of these diploma mill law schools. There are too many law students who have been sold a bill of goods as to the future job market.


29 posted on 09/04/2009 11:44:22 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Mother Mary

why would you even need lawyers?

under socialized medicine, medical screw ups would have sovereign immunity. YOU CAN”T SUE.

Can you sue GM when the government owns the company?

Slaves have no rights.

Thus no need for lawyers to represent and enforce those rights.


30 posted on 09/04/2009 11:47:18 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: BJClinton

it is called a public defender.

BTW cap and trade has a provision where lawyers can privatly sue polutors for attorney fees and costs for catching them. (ala the ADA)


31 posted on 09/04/2009 11:52:55 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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