State Court Candidate Roggensack and Special Interest Backers Tout Her Experience ...
Madison -- Big special interests’ $600,000 plus advertising blitz supporting the campaign of Pat Roggensack for the State Supreme Court touts her experience, but according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, unless you are a corporation like an insurance company, Roggensack’s experience has been issuing opinions taking their side over yours.
Ross commented, “Pat Roggensack and her special interest backers like to talk about her experience and the number of cases she’s decided. But instead of just focusing on the number of cases, we took a look at whose side she’s taking in these cases and we found that unless you’re a big corporation or well-funded special interest, your experience with Roggensack is that she’s more much more likely to take their side, even when a majority of her colleagues disagree.”
Ross cited Roggensack’s opinion in the Touchpoint Health Plan case as just one example of her consistent pro-corporate bias. In her minority dissent, Roggensack supported an insurance company’s refusal to pay for the doctor recommended treatment of a three year-old boy with a cancerous brain tumor. A majority of the court disagreed with Roggensack’s support for the insurance company, finding the denial of coverage for the boy’s cancer treatment was “arbitrary and capricious.”
He said, “On the court, Roggensack has sided with the big insurance companies, and against patients and victims. In this case, she ruled it was ‘reasonable’ for life saving treatment to be denied a three year-old boy, even though her colleagues and the company’s own independent review disagreed.”