LEGAL CARE FOR ALL
We must establish legal care insurance for all, covering the expense of personal criminal and civil legal representation. None of our rights is secure if we do not have equal opportunity to defend them. And our legal standing must never depend upon how much wealth we have.
Our constitution entitles us to representation when we face criminal prosecutions (and yet public defenders and court appointed lawyers do not receive sufficient resources). But lacking any guarantee of representation in civil cases, persons of lesser means cannot protect themselves in court against sexual harassment, discrimination, and employer retaliations, nor receive equal treatment in civil property and family disputes. Instituting a legal care system, modeled on a single-payer health care system is the only way everyone can be truly equal before the law.
In this vein, public legal care would require no copays or deductibles and include the ability to choose one’s legal representation. It is affordable because our government can negotiate reasonable fees for criminal and civil representation, just as the healthcare system can negotiate affordable rates for medical treatment.