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Thu May 28, 2020, 03:40 PM

Op-Ed: In a nasty push, Republicans want immunity for companies that negligently spread COVID-19

It will happen, many thousands of times, and in every conceivable permutation: People will contract COVID-19 because of someone else’s actions and will seek compensation.

How should we handle such liability claims as a society? Mitch McConnell, gatekeeper of the Senate, has an idea. First, immunize all businesses. It would mean, as an example, that even if your boss fails to provide safeguards to protect you against the disease and as a result you get sick or possibly die from exposure on the job, neither you nor your family would be able to sue.

It’s a nasty and deeply callous idea, although not a surprising one for the Senate Majority leader or Republicans in general. Making it harder for individuals who claim harms from businesses to get compensated has been on the GOP's wish list for years. It's called tort reform — tort law covers a wide range of "personal injury" lawsuits against businesses (or individuals).

McConnell has signaled that COVID-19 corporate immunity is his “red line” for considering another much-needed economic stimulus package. In effect, he is holding hostage besieged state and local governments, which are targeted to receive up to $500 billion in aid in a package passed by the House in mid-May. McConnell has already made clear his willingness to let states go bankrupt rather than provide them federal assistance.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/op-ed-nasty-push-republicans-100036820.html

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dhill926 May 28 #1
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 04:07 PM

1. in a sane world...

not one fucking republican would ever get elected.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 04:11 PM

2. Of course they do

As Robert Reich often points out, the rich have socialism to minimize their risk, while the poor deal with the harshest form of predatory capitalism.
If someone knowingly sends workers into a dangerous environment without taking any precautions because that will increase the profits a bit, the GOP thinks it would be a horrible precedent to allow those workers to sue their omnipotent owner.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 04:43 PM

3. Kickin' with disgust!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 28, 2020, 09:07 PM

4. Is it safe for businesses to reopen?

Is it safe for businesses to reopen?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #4)

Thu May 28, 2020, 09:21 PM

5. GOP Human Capital Stock

GOP Human Capital Stock

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