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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? – Quinn to Try to Take Over Healthcare in Illinois

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Enforcement

When you want to make sure you have access to quality health care, there’s only one place you turn.  The Springfield bureaucracy, right?

Unbelievable.

A task force appointed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants a state law forcing insurers to spend 80 to 85 cents of every premium dollar on providing health care, or pay rebates to customers.In its initial recommendations released Thursday, the Health Care Reform Implementation Council also recommends legislation giving state regulators the authority to approve or deny health insurance rate increases.

The enforcement would be, pardon my french, a motherfucking catastrophe.  Before we even get to the inevitable corruption of the regulatory process, what qualifies as health care?  Inevitably there would be some unaccountable regulatory board where the insurance companies spend god knows how much time and money challenging every line item claiming it qualifies as health care, which will drive prices through the roof and make providing actual healthcare next to impossible.

And like I said, that’s before we get to the inevitable corruption.  This is Illinois politics, and there are quite literally billions at stake.  Does anyone actually think the appointments to these regulatory positions are going to be apolitical?  Sort of like it’s just a coincidence the Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party is also the Cook County Assessor?  The political and financial power that would fall on this presumably unelected regulatory board would be massive, and when an insurer is faced with either giving $5 million in political donations or giving a $50 million rebate, what do you think it’ll decide?  Considering it’s damn near impossible to prove quid pro quo, it would be idiotic to think this wouldn’t happen.

These ideas were bad when they were included in Obamacare.  They are infinitely worse when it’s suggested to put enforcement in the hands of political appointees accountable to no one but their political bosses in one of the most corrupt political systems in the United States.

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February 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

Dem Congressman Discovers Messaging 3 Weeks Too Late

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Sir, I believe you've dropped your gauntlet.

Really, it’s a very smart move.

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) is daring Republicans to make good on one of their top legislative priorities: repealing the healthcare law.

Using a somewhat unusual tactic, Ackerman, a strong advocate for the healthcare reform law, vowed Tuesday to introduce a series of bills next week that would roll back some of the most popular provisions of the law.

“The Affordable Care Act contains these and many other foolish protections for our constituents,” the letter states. “So, join other Members of Congress who want to deprive their constituents of these silly safeguards from the big insurance companies. You can cast your courageous vote on a series of SIX bills to do it. Feel free to call it the HIPA-CRIT Act when you explain your vote.”

The measures would overturn six consumer protections in the new law that:

• Ban health plans from rescinding coverage;

• Eliminate annual coverage limits;

• Eliminate lifetime limits;

• Prevent plans from turning down adults with pre-existing conditions;

• Prevent plans from turning down children with pre-existing conditions; and

• Require that insurers offer coverage for dependents up to age 26 on family plans.

The obvious appeal is it puts anyone anti-Obamacare is a jam.  Right out of the gate you’re either a piece-of-shit liar or you just wrote half of the 2012 attack ads against you.

I’m curious to see if anyone goes for it.  It depends on whether the press gives it legs.  Otherwise it just fades into oblivion while the GOP congressmen pass hundreds, if not thousands of repeals that never see the light of day in the Senate.  That said, it’s a very relatable sentiment (“Put your money where your mouth is” is something most people can wrap their heads around) and ideologues on both sides will agree with it.  Read the rest of this entry »