Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chicago politics - HHS style

HHS To Insurers: Stop Bad-Mouthing ObamaCare Or Else!
Health insurers have recently blamed ObamaCare’s new regulations for rising premium costs, which has prompted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to go medieval on them. In a letter to the industry group America’s Health Insurance Plans, Sebelius warned, “There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”

And if you don’t do what you’re told, you’re going to get kneecapped.
And from Micheal Barone:
The threat to use government regulation to destroy or harm someone's business because they disagree with government officials is thuggery. Like the Obama administration's transfer of money from Chrysler bondholders to its political allies in the United Auto Workers, it is a form of gangster government.

"The rule of law, or the rule of men (women)?" economist Tyler Cowen asks on his marginalrevolution.com blog. As he notes, "Nowhere is it stated that these rate hikes are against the law (even if you think they should be), nor can this 'misinformation' be against the law."
Pure Thuggery.

Pure Chicago Politics (with the big stick of Washington behind them).

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