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  •  regulations are gift to lobbyist (1+ / 0-)
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    which just happen to be former politicians.

    saying that you are going to regulate or let the secretary of HHS regulate would only mean that more jobs for lobbyist.

    •  This deals with RATE HIKES. The power to stop (1+ / 0-)
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      These hikes is in federal hands. That is big. And it leads to reform as we understand what is really occurring to cause the price rises.

      JMHO, but if someone sees their insurance increasing by 40% they want it stopped and want Congress to do it since they have the power. That means dealing with the underlying reality that causes that increase: whether it's drug companies, doctors, or hospitals.

    •  Sebelius was the insurance commissioner (1+ / 0-)
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      before she was governor.

      I'd cut her some slack to know her shit.

      •  And she has a life-time appointment? (1+ / 0-)
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        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 06:53:25 AM PST

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        •  I'm not sure what you mean. (0+ / 0-)
          •  You can't rely on idividuals to maintain a policy (1+ / 0-)
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            because individuals come and go.  Take a look at what happened to the EPA under Bush - it became a tool to dismantle environmental controls.

            The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

            by accumbens on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 06:58:11 AM PST

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            •  Ah, I see. (0+ / 0-)

              But I'm not sure that this is worse than the Fed not doing anything.  Somebody has to do something, now.

              And if things go well, we won't need this commission for very long, anyway.

            •  This doesn't rely on individals. (0+ / 0-)

              It does, however, focus the issue on the pocketbook of voters.

              People see a rate hike, they call their representative because Congress can stop it, it focuses the attention on WHY are the rates increasing, it leads to a discussion on how to deal with the issue. That means more reform.

              That is aligning voters interests with those of elected representatives and cuts down on lobbyists and industries power.

              •  Sounds good. Just like expecting Congress to (0+ / 0-)

                pass a single payer system because voters call their congressional representatives to vote for it.  The big money - ie, the insurers - will carry more weight than the voters.  Relying on the fantasy that individual voters will have more influence than the corporations/trade groups is not the basis for good policy.

                The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

                by accumbens on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 07:07:14 AM PST

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