A Life Lost and a Representative Who'd Rather Be Bribed
After serving in the Navy, David worked for 40 years at his family-run scrap yard. Part of his daily routine included beating insulation off the scrap metal, causing asbestos fibers to fill the air and his lungs.
When his wife began to suffer from Parkinson’s disease David retired, sold the family business and took care of her full time until her death. Alone for the first time in over 50 years, David became very active at his church where he developed a reputation for his dancing skills. He also spent his time with his grandkids fishing, watching the Texas Rangers, and working jigsaw puzzles.
David was finally starting to enjoy life again when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. After a painful battle, David died less than two months after his diagnosis.
Now a member of Congress from David’s own state of Texas has introduced an offensive and unnecessary bill, the FACT Act (H.R. 526 / S. 357), that violates the privacy of asbestos victims and their families by requiring private asbestos bankruptcy trust funds to publicly release extensive individual information about asbestos victims – including their medical diagnoses.
The bill was written by corporate lobbyists for asbestos corporations – the very same asbestos corporations that caused an epidemic of asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma all over the United States. The asbestos industry is telling Congress that abestos victims' claims for compensation from the private asbestos trust funds are a fraud, despite the fact that the Government Accountability Office has investigated these trusts and found that there is no evidence of fraud.
This is the ultimate insult to families whose loved ones have died or are dying from asbestos-related diseases.