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Editorial: Gun action

Yes, they do and so do, currently, my first amendment rights.

January 18, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Gun action

I think the point is, we are willing to deal with some risk depending on the social utility of the risk.

January 18, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Gun action

Just a question: I can see limiting rights based on public safety. We do it all the time. However, I don't see "individual rights" as the real issue.

I wish we were hearing more about how people are justifying leaving the population open to future persecution from the government. The greatest crimes I can think of that happened at the end of a gun barrel were perpetrated not by a crazy with an assault rifle but by a government.

I certainly am not a prepper. I don't own a gun or even one can of meat. But I take some comfort in the fact that there is really no way a right or left faction of the government could ever persecute a portion of the population. Not now and, assuming the public isn't disarmed, not two-hundred years from now either. Anyone with constructive thoughts? What am I missing?

January 18, 2013 at 11:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Supreme Court upholds cap on jury awards in medical malpractice

Welcome to the party. The healthcare industry causes around 100,000 deaths a year. Quality measures (like a pre-surgery time out) are accepted by doctors only with them kicking and screaming as protocols and proceedures are seen as an infringement on physician autonomy. Really, the only thing you have protecting you (that is, "forcing" docs to take quality measures and protocols seriously) is the plaintiff's bar. Doctors have known that healthcare isn't safe for over ten years now. (see "To Err is Human" published by the CBO) And they refuse to change. Now there is even less incentive for that change in Kansas. Enjoy the supreme court opinion... and write your representative.

October 5, 2012 at 3:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Supreme Court upholds cap on jury awards in medical malpractice

What are you talking about? The doctor removed the wrong body part! Who is being dishonest? Are you even commenting on the correct story?

October 5, 2012 at 2:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Supreme Court upholds cap on jury awards in medical malpractice

Again, completely untrue. When the plaintiff attorney takes the case they are in for the whole thing. Abandoning a case like this just becasue it goes up on appeal is a good way to stop getting business referrals. In this case, the plaintiff attrorney didn't get anything. In fact, the plaintiff attorney would be out the entire cost of the case. Its very expensive to get these to trial which is why only the cases with merit actually get taken. (yes, that last sentence is true. try looking it up)

October 5, 2012 at 2:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Supreme Court upholds cap on jury awards in medical malpractice

Actually, Missouri just declared their punitive cap unconstitutional. Previous to that it was substantially more than the Kansas cap. So you are like, 100% incorrect.

October 5, 2012 at 2:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Supreme Court upholds cap on jury awards in medical malpractice

As someone who used to work with med mal insurance, I really, REALLY need a second source on that one. So do these GYN's drive '94 Subarus because of this unfair practice?

October 5, 2012 at 2:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Supreme Court upholds cap on jury awards in medical malpractice

Kansas has some of the harshest tort reform in the country. Yet our medical bills are no less than they are in any other state. Healthcare is mostly government (CMS)funded and, therefore, the industry's costs and profits will continue to be decided politically. Physicians are not paid a certain amount for a proceedure on a free market cost basis. What they charge is determined by CMS and the RUC.

October 5, 2012 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Kansas Supreme Court upholds cap on jury awards in medical malpractice

Score one for the insurance companies. Less than 5% of every healthcare dollar goes to medical malpractice coverage/verdicts in the U.S. And way less than that in Kansas. After this ruling, if you lose your arm, leg or whatever in a wrong side surgery in Kansas, you are entitled to actual expenses (medical expenses, lost wages, etc...) and (at most) $250,000 in punatives. Think that is going to change the behavior or any physicians you know? Every surgery is a low risk surgery to a Kansas physician. Oh well, I guess we can count on the Board of Healing Arts to enforce and teach quality, right? (crickets) Kansas Medical Society? .....anybody....?

October 5, 2012 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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