September 6, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the abundance of lawsuits filed by Carlsbad Medical Center against its patients – an aggressive practice highlighted by The New York Times. Patients often find themselves in a financial bind due to the difficulty of knowing exactly what their costs will be until the bill comes. Then, they can’t pay and sometimes can’t even set up a payment plan. While the majority of hospitals don’t make it a regular practice to take their patients to court, the Carlsbad Medical Center has filed more than 3,000 suits since 2015. The Line debates whether the state should be stepping in to stem the lawsuit tide.
Line Panelists: Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Dede Feldman, former state senator
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney
July 26, 2019 – The 2013 murder of 9-year-old Omaree Varela captured the attention of the entire Albuquerque community. It also shone a light on how the state protects its most vulnerable citizens. But, does the public also have a right to know about every aspect of the crime? That’s the question at the center of a new Albuquerque Journal article that points out how the details of a settlement in a wrongful death case filed by Omaree’s estate against the Children, Youth and Families Department. Many of those details, including how much money was involved in that settlement have been sealed by the courts. Host Gene Grant and The Line panelists weigh the public’s need to know versus the family’s right to privacy.
Diane Denish, Former Lt. Governor
Dave Mulryan, Everybody Votes Founder
Ed Perea, Lawyer and Public Safety Expert
Diane Snyder, Former State Senator