When you grow up in a small farming community, you learn very quickly the razor’s edge that most American families live their lives on. With the struggle to make ends meet, homeownership becomes more than a dream for most Americans, but their primary means for saving. And when these folks buy a home, it’s the single largest investment of their lives, and they are looking for a “square deal”, something my parents taught me to value from a young age.
Of course, the need for a “fair deal” goes way beyond buying a home. You need to keep it up. And you need to protect it. These last few years, from Hurricane Sandy to the hailstorms in Hidalgo Country, Americans from all walks of life know firsthand about the havoc natural disasters can wreak. That’s where insurance comes into play.
For many homeowners, the system works well. Within months their homes have been re-built and life resumes. But for a smaller group, things sometimes do not go so smoothly. Insurance companies refuse to cover damages, or attempt to pay pennies on the dollar.
This is a fundamental violation of that “square deal” Americans believe in, and it’s why I support organizations and candidates who believe that the “little guy” must have a voice and an advocate. It’s also why, when I found myself drawn to the law in my teenage years, I knew protecting Americans would become my passion.
Make no mistake; the insurance companies spend vast sums every year, supporting candidates and legislation to limit the average citizen’s access to a fair legal system. No one of course wants to see frivolous lawsuits clog our system, but when good people suddenly find themselves facing financial ruin through no fault of their own, we must stand together and fight for what we know to be the “square deal” the American dream was built on.
There is only one way to combat this assault on the American family and consumer; elect local, state and national candidates like Sylvester Turner for Houston Mayor and Hillary Clinton for President. They prioritize working families and the consumer protections we all need.