|To small business owners, the
threat of being sued is a critical matter. With
the jackpot mentality that trial lawyers have
foisted upon the legal system, most small
businesses are one unlucky break away from
closing up shop. Health care legislation that is
packaged as a Patients Bill of Rights threatens
to exacerbate the liability faced by Main
The legislation was defeated in
the Senate. In the House, support is building
for the measure that would expand a patient's
right to sue to include employers who provide
health care coverage. The threat posed by health
care reform legislation that expands liability
is to increase the direct cost of providing
coverage and discourage employers form offering
coverage at all.
NFIB members who came to
Washington in the last few months to testify
against Patient's Bill of Rights legislation
pointed out that the cost of passing expanded
liability as part of the health care legislation
is too much for her business.
Scherr Bowles, executive vice president of
Scherr Refrigeration in Richmond, Va. says the
Patient's Bill of Rights legislation could put
her out of business.
Should you choose
to pass the Kennedy-Dingell bill, my company
will be one of the first to stop offering
health-care benefits to our employees, said
Bowles. One lawsuit and my company would have no
choice but to go bankrupt.