From the JFAModerator:
I post the below attack on the ADA with a mixture of shock, disgust, and sadness. I do not know how anyone could argue that we should have fewer accommodations and less access, but as you will see below, John Stossel, host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network, sees people with disabilities as manipulative parasites and the ADA a debilitating law that encourages discrimination against people with disabilities and is financially draining for employers.
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From FOXNews (9.2.10):Disabilities Act Feeds a Suing Public
By John Stossel
... Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of the blog, Overlawyered.com, says that the [ADA] was unnecessary...Under the ADA, Olson notes, fairness does not mean treating disabled people the same as non-disabled people. Rather it means accommodating them. In other words, the law requires that people be treated unequally.
The law has also unleashed a landslide of lawsuits by "professional litigants" who file a hundred suits at a time. Disabled people visit businesses to look for violations, but instead of simply asking that a violation be corrected, they partner with lawyers who (legally) extort settlement money from the businesses.
Some disabled people have benefited from changes effected by the ADA, but the costs are rarely accounted for. If a small business has to lay off an employee to afford the added expense of accommodating the disabled, is that a good thing -- especially if, say, customers in wheelchairs are rare? Extra-wide bathroom stalls that reduce the overall number of toilets are only some of the unaccounted-for costs of the ADA. And since ADA modification requirements are triggered by renovation, the law could actually discourage businesses from making needed renovations as a way of avoiding the expense...
...More money for the parasites.
Stossel featured this attack on the ADA during his show on September 3. It is (of course) uncaptioned and inaccessible, but the segment titled "Does ADA Promote Discrimination?" is available at http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4329019/does-ada-promote-discrimination/?playlist_id=87247
During this segment Stossel interviews two guests who are members of protected classes, a woman who is pregnant and a business owner who is blind, each of whom claim they are offended by the protections set up for them. Steve Lonegan asserts that his is offended by the the term disability and is glad he got his start before the ADA was passed because the law has done more harm than good.