The People Vs. HMOs

You can sue your neighbor. You can sue your boss. You can even sue the President. But most Americans can't sue their health insurer. Reform is afoot to change that

Attorney David Goodrich held an almost religious belief in playing by the rules. Certainly his deference to protocol and respect for others were plainly evident on the day in June 1992 when, in the middle of the courtroom, he toppled flat onto his back. Coughing up blood, the prosecutor from San Bernardino County, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, apologized profusely to the court for the delay. "David stood out" for his fairness and selflessness, says his former boss John Kochis. "You felt good when you were around David."

Shortly after his courtroom fall, Goodrich was told he had stomach cancer....

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