The subject was tort reform when the Illinois House of Representatives, for the second straight Tuesday, devoted hours to a single topic, with tales designed to tug at the heart strings. “By losing Kyle, I have not only lost my partner in life. I lost the supporter of our family,” said Sarah Deatherage, whose state trooper husband was hit by a careless trucker.
“I was diagnosed with a rare neck cancer,” said Molly Akers. “I was then falsely diagnosed with breast cancer and had an unnecessary mastectomy. One of my biopsy slides was switched with (that of) a woman who did have breast cancer.”
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Those poignant stories notwithstanding, they are not examples of lawsuit abuse, the Republican floor leader pointed out.
“There's no insurance representatives, business representatives, or any advocates for reasonable reforms on this agenda. Is there any reason why it's slanted in one direction?” State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) asked of the hearing's chair, State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook).
Her response: “Those individuals (whom you cited) we hear from frequently. It's the individuals who are appearing today that we don't hear from and whose voices are not represented around the Capitol.”
Republicans, in a superminority in the House, voiced a similar concern before last week's hearing about worker's compensation.