I've been working for a year or so as a lead volunteer on the Education Committee for the National Association of Consumer Advocates. We're working to develop a comprehensive plan and curriculum for effective continuing legal education courses, so that we can have more attorneys representing more consumers with problems in the marketplace.
The corporate takeover of the US Supreme Court since 1980 has been breathtaking in its scope, producing decisions that ALWAYS increase corporate power at the expense of real people and that include bizarre results that can only be understood if you agree that working people -- regular Americans -- are second class citizens in their own country, with the wealthy and the incorporated entitled to all the first-class seats. Disgusting.
The insurance industry is the 600 pound gorilla of lobbying, throwing its weight around Salem and Washington DC in a constant drive for greater profits. In Oregon, the insurance industry is, for all intents and purposes, completely unregulated -- the Insurance Commission is less of a regulator than a handmaiden to the industry, allowing it to claim to be regulated while in actuality doing nothing to help Oregonians deal with uncaring insurance companies.
The solution is to bring insurance under the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act, just like EVERY other business in Oregon. Call your representatives in Salem and tell them that the insurance industry shouldn't have a unique "get out of jail free" immunity that lets them mistreat people and profit from their misery.
John Gear is a Salem attorney in solo practice
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