Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Congress Is "Investigating" Health Insurance Companies

Mark Steyn writing at The Corner:

HUAC (The Healthcare UnAmerican Activities Committee)

Doctor O's enforcers decide it's time to get heavy with the
insurance companies:

Letters sent to 52 insurance companies by Democratic leaders demand extensive documents for an examination of ‘extensive compensation and other business practices in the health insurance industry...”

By Sept. 4, the firms are supposed to supply detailed compensation data for board members and top executives, as well as a “table listing all conferences, retreats, or other events held outside company facilities from January 1, 2007, to the present that were paid for, reimbursed, or subsidized in whole or in part by your company.”

You first. How come the compensations and perks of a vice-president in a private company are to be subject to greater public forensic examination than those of Dodd or Rangel?

They're supposed to be representatives not rulers. George III couldn't have got away with a letter like that.

Well, Obama the One shouldn’t get away with it either. What authority does the Congress have to investigate private companies who, as far as I am aware, have committed no crime?
In what has become a never ending re-branding of ObamaCare, the latest labeling is Health Insurance Reform. Nancy Pelosi, in her typical understated fashion, said this of the insurance industry:

“They are the villains in this,” Pelosi said of private insurers. “They have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening. And the public has to know that. They can disguise their arguments any way they want, but the fact is that they don’t want the competition.”

Yes, well, a pox on those villainous insurance companies. After all, ONLY eighty-three percent of Americans rate the quality of healthcare they receive as excellent or good.

Waxman & Co. issued the letters in order to hassle, embarrass and punish insurance companies for their opposition to ObamaCare. In turn, the insurance companies should answer with a unanimous “Screw you.”

Further discussion at:

Hugh Hewitt

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