Analyzes Proposed Asbestos Legislation from a Historical Perspective

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Bill s.852, the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005, is analyzed according to historical precedent. today announced further opposition to the bill S.852 - the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005. The bill is expected to receive intense scrutiny in the coming weeks, as it could be voted on this month or in the month of February. was one of the first to criticize the bill on grounds that it is unfair to victims of this horrible affliction, especially United States veterans.

In recent weeks, staffers have performed unbiased historical research and data mining using similar programs as models, uncovering some startling findings. Around the same time the United States Government Accountability Office ("GAO") reviewed four federal compensation programs designed to compensate individuals injured due to exposure to harmful substances- black lung, vaccine injury, radiation exposure, energy employees occupational illness- and determined the following:

  •     The compensation programs have seen an expanded federal role and higher costs over time;
  •     All four programs have been expanded to provide additional categories of claimants, cover more medical conditions, or provide additional benefits;
  •     Some programs have been extended longer than planned;
  •     There have been far more claims than estimated for each program;
  •     There have been significant delays in completing claims for victims; and
  •     It took at least 2 years for all four programs to become fully operational.

Both the release in numbers from and the GAO put the potential costs needed to cover the trust fund at over $550 Billion. For the full results of our findings and for a review of the GAO report you can visit

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