[He said that once consumers are struck in a quagmire they would find it extremely difficult to get out of it.] We're going to see people in a debtor's prison without walls, ... They'll essentially slip through the safety net, hit the ground and then sink into an underground economy.
Bankruptcy is an important safety net that families hit by unforeseen circumstances depend upon. The federal government should be bending over backwards to help Katrina's victims get back on their feet, not throwing up new barriers to bankruptcy.
[The new law will likely mean higher legal fees, because of added responsibilities and costs.] I know prices are going to go up, ... Whether some lawyers take advantage and charge an arm and a leg, we'll be looking out for that.
We support credit counseling, especially if it's delivered early, and this is not early intervention. This is late intervention at the point where people have decided that bankruptcy is the only way for them. We just wonder whether this kind of late intervention will be helpful to too many people.
The law has a one-size-fits-all approach, ... It treats people who have been hit by hurricanes in the same fashion as people who have ended up in bankruptcy from gambling or overspending or misusing the credit they were given.
The credit-counseling industry is in complete turmoil, ... Our fear is that the little-known agency [the Trustee's office] charged with approving the credit-counseling agencies to offer this requirement might unintentionally approve agencies that were not up to speed.
At the very least, negotiators need to eliminate the giveaways in the bill, require insurers to pay their fair share, reduce costs for taxpayers and make sure that they don't choke the fast-developing market for terror insurance.
The credit-counseling industry is in complete turmoil. Our fear is that the little-known agency [the Trustee's office] charged with approving the credit-counseling agencies to offer this requirement might unintentionally approve agencies that were not up to speed.
Most issuers waited until at least mid-2005 or later. Credit-card companies should have started implementing this guidance a long time ago. They should have done so very gradually ... That hasn't happened. But we haven't been flooded with complaints, either.