Law Offices of Archie Lamb Responds to Recent AAHP Statements.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BW HealthWire)--March 11, 2002
Archie Lamb Says: Managed Care Industry Distorts the Truth -- AGAIN; Insurance Industry Shifts Blame of Current Healthcare Crisis to Lawyers
Archie Lamb of the Law Offices of Archie Lamb makes a statement regarding the status of the healthcare industry:
Recent statements by the American Association of Health Plans
indicate that Washington's powerful insurance industry lobby is
resorting to the age-old tactic of changing the subject instead of
taking responsibility for its role in the current healthcare
crisis, said attorney Archie Lamb.
Lamb's comments are in reference to the statement released by the
AAHP Thursday in support of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2001
(HR 2341), stating health care litigation is causing the cost of
healthcare to rise. In addition, the AAHP statement claimed trial
lawyers are benefiting financially from such lawsuits at the
expense of consumers.
"The fact is, the data in a number of states that have passed
legislation to encourage litigation in insurance fraud cases will
indicate that the opposite is true," Lamb said. "All you have to
do is look at the model in Texas to disprove this claim."
The Texas Health Care Liability Act, passed into law in 1997, made
Texas the first state to impose malpractice accountability on
insurance companies whose treatment decisions cause injury. Since
its passage, there have been few lawsuits actually filed.
Lamb is a lead attorney for a consortium of law firms heading up
numerous lawsuits against the nation's largest for-profit HMOs.
These cases are part of the multi-district litigation consolidated
in Florida's Southern District Court, Miami Division (MDL No.
"It is ironic that the industry, without any legitimate
justification, insists on raising insurance premiums in election
years," Lamb said. "They stir up the small business, including the
physicians and physicians groups, by raising insurance premiums
and they blame it on lawsuits and lawyers. However, this industry
never presents hard proof of the relationship between litigation
and premium increases. Slowly but surely the public is seeing
through this sham and they are quickly getting sick and tired of
These latest statements mark the second time in recent weeks the
AAHP has tried to shift the blame of their role in the health care
crisis. The AAHP also took out ads in Hollywood and Washington
D.C. publications to coincide with the motion picture release of
"John Q.," alleging Washington D.C. lawmakers are not doing enough
about the uninsured population.
"Three weeks ago, the AAHP was blaming the federal government for
the health care crisis and now it is the lawyers," Lamb said.
"When is the insurance lobby going to finally act responsible and
accept their accountability for the healthcare crisis in America?"
Lamb, who appeared last week on CNN to discuss the current
healthcare crisis, is suing managed healthcare companies,
including Humana, Aetna, Cigna, United, Pacificare, Prudential,
Healthnet and Wellpoint. The lawsuit accuses the HMOs of fraud,
extortion and racketeering by delaying and denying payments to
doctors and engaging in predatory and deceptive business practices
throughout the United States. (Please see www.HMOCrisis.com for
more information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com for a copy of the CNN interview).
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