Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Insurance Industry Ad Makes Fishy Claim About Lawyers

Lobby groups fight like animals over health care costs - implausible statistics vs. fact-free sterotypes.

The insurance industry makes an implausible and poorly documented claim in a new ad saying "lawsuit abuse" by trial lawyers costs every household "$1200 in higher medical bills." The figure is based mainly on a single academic study of a narrow group of patients - the results of which have been contradicted by virtually all other research.

The ad portrays trial lawyers as a shark in a feeding frenzy. The trial lawyers responded in kind, launching their own ad comparing "Big insurance and HMOs" as a huge alligator "ready to pounce" on consumers, but without offering any facts. Both ads are fishy.

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