||Finally (about damn time), the Supreme Court overruled the Texas Patient's Bill of Rights, so that people can't sue HMOs for not covering treatment a doctor prescribes as medically necessary. Funny thing about that.
Back in 1997, George Bush was governor of Texas (unless my dates aren't straight [catch the joke?]). When the Texas legislature tried to pass the patient's bill of rights, Bush tried rather hard to stop the bill. But as even Republicans were against him, it passed without his signature.
Here's a quote from Bush during his campaign in 2000:
If I'm the president, we're going to have emergency room care, we're going have gag orders, we're going to have direct access to OB/GYN. People will be able to take their HMO insurance company to court. That's what I've done in Texas and that's the kind of leadership style I'll bring to Washington... I do support a national patient's bill of rights. As a matter of fact, I brought Republicans and Democrats together to do just that in the State of Texas to get a patient's bill of rights through.
Hmm... And later, the Bush administration opposed the law in front of the Supreme Court. Bush sided with Aetna Health Inc. and Cigna HealthCare, who, by the way, gave him about 1,700,000 dollars during his campaign for president.
And seven HMO executives were among people that gave Bush over 100,000 dollars each during his campaign.