Friday, March 16, 2012
The handicapped-accessible pool mandate
In 2009 Obama signed a law that vastly expands the ADA(Americans with Disabilities Act) to include public pools. As of this month, all public pools, of which there are 360,000, must have either a wheelchair ramp or a chair lift.
Obviously, skeevy slip-n-fall lawyers are frothing at the mouth at the potential payday from law suits of deep-pocketed hotels and gyms who've failed to comply. But there aren't enough pool lifts in the whole world right now to supply the hundreds of thousands of public pools in the US.
And is handicapped access really that big of a problem? Are all wheel chairs water-safe? What happens when the 60lb metal chair starts to roll down the slope toward the deep end? What if the wheels don't grip the bottom because of partial buoyancy? What if the person can't swim? There's trouble all over that idea.
This is a classic example of government overreach and the Obama administration DOJ was wise to stay the law for 60 days while they rethink it. This law would benefit far more lawyers than handicapped people....but maybe that's the idea since trial lawyers donate 98% to democrats.