Supreme Court Extends Police Powers and Sides with HMOs Against Patients

22 June 2004 | DemocracyNow!

Police Given OK to Stop & Ask ID From Anyone
The Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 ruling, decided yesterday that police can now stop anyone on the street and demand that they identify themselves as long as the identification is not self-incriminating. The Washington Post reports the ruling overturns one?s right to remain silent and allows for the prosecution of anyone who refuses to identify themselves to a police officer.

Supreme Court Bars Patients From Suing HMOs
The Supreme Court also issued a unanimous ruling yesterday barring health care patients from being able to sue HMOs for damages if the managed care companies refuse to cover treatment ordered by a doctor. The ruling overturns patient rights bills in Texas and nine other states.

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