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March 03, 2005


Jay Angoff

Jay Angoff, who is regularly blames insurance companies for the current malpractice crisis, is frequently quoted in the medical malpractice debate as the "former Insurance Commissioner of Missouri" without further ado. He recently testified to the Illinois legislature as such. The Illinois Civil Justice League blog reveals that Angoff was hired by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association to lobby on the issue and practices with a firm specializing in medical malpractice.

I find this less problematic than ICJL--it's far more likely ITLA hired Angoff because he agrees with them than that Angoff changed his views to fit ITLA's agenda. But given the imaginary conflicts of interest Stephanie Mencimer or the New York Times charges Newsweek, Stuart Taylor, Philip Howard, my editor Walter Olson, or my colleague Walter Dellinger with, it's worth noting that the equivalent "bias" is never ascribed to someone like Angoff. Especially when Angoff is making the ridiculous accusation that "the business relationship between the non-profit Illinois State Medical Society and the non-profit ISMIE Mutual (the physician-owned medical liability insurer) [is] a 'conflict of interest.'"

Still, Angoff's experience in the industry and as a critic would make him an excellent CEO for a trial-lawyer-run medical malpractice insurer. Though I wouldn't invest myself, I look forward to ATLA starting that.

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