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A Mess of Their Own Making

Remember all those Republicans who said that Obamacare didn’t do anything to prohibit insurance companies from raising health insurance premiums (which contributed to the actual high cost of healthcare)? If they were wrong, would this be necessary?

Fearing that health insurance premiums may shoot up in the next few years, Senate Democrats laid a foundation on Tuesday for federal regulation of rates, four weeks after President Obama signed a law intended to rein in soaring health costs.

Mr. Harkin praised a bill introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, that would give the secretary of health and human services the power to review premiums and block “any rate increase found to be unreasonable.” Under the bill, the federal government could regulate rates in states where state officials did not have “sufficient authority and capability” to do so.

The White House offered a similar proposal in the weeks leading up to approval of the health care legislation last month. But it was omitted from the final measure, in part for procedural reasons.

“For procedural reasons.” In other words, the Democrats eliminated something from the bill to restrict the free market from doing what it’s supposed to do(!) because they couldn’t pass it the way they wanted to. Now they have to clean up a mess that not only they saw coming, but did nothing to stop, and everything to create.

And who determines what “sufficient authority and capability” is? If a state requests assistance from the government, that’s one thing. But if the government just says they’re going to review and set all the premium rates themselves, wouldn’t that be a(nother) violation of the 10th Amendment?

So, I’ve got a representative who not only voted to cut funding to the state’s best children’s hospital, but also voted to raise insurance rates for the very people he claimed this bill would benefit.

The ads almost write themselves.

HB2DF, Coby


Written by Coby Dillard

April 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

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