NPR had a story on Trump’s reckless decision to side with industry over nursing home residents making it almost impossible for nursing home residents to get their day in court.
Trump is allowing nursing homes to require residents sign arbitration agreements as a condition for getting nursing home care. “That means that no jury will ever hear his case. The parties hire a private judge and use a different set of rules that can be more restrictive than civil court. Studies also show that awards to plaintiffs can be as much as 35 percent lower.”
That’s why 17 state attorneys general and 31 members of the Senate have urged the Trump administration not to adopt the proposed rule. Arbitration procedures are generally more secretive than civil court. So they’re not just bad for the plaintiff, they’re also bad for everyone else whose victimization could’ve been stopped if they’d have known that this was a bad facility.