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THE NOONER for October 2, 2014
Once again, George Skelton nails it.
I have friends on both sides of the MICRA fight over pain and suffering limits in malpractice awards. Both have great points in the 29-year battle. The caps should have been raised with some inflationary factor, but by which is the legitimate debate. Waiting all these years and then debating inflation is absurd.
The malpractice at issue is not medical, but legislative. This issue should have been worked out under the dome, and now we're facing a $50-$75 million ballot measure.
This reminds me of another case of legislative malpractice. During the second term of Arnold Schwarzenegger's term, the governor was ready to agree on an increase to the state's minimum wage. However, some in labor refused to endorse it without an inflator, thus delaying the increase by a year. Long term political victory, but millions of Californians lost increased wages because of the politics.
MICRA and minimum wage are not much different.
#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Mark Henderson and Brad Pomerance!
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