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THE DIRTY WORK Part II

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Resources HHS) has announced price controls for health insurance companies. Starting in 2011, insurance companies will need to get permission from the Obama Administration to raise prices more than 10%. That move is a prime example of law by fiat, simply by the decree of a government official.

In another example, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced their “net neutrality rules” last Tuesday. Government control of the Internet was launched with that announcement. Price controls and Internet control are both major issues, yet they were launched by un-elected presidential appointees. There was no Congressional debate, no review and no opportunity to hear opposing views. That is how the dirty work will get done over the next two years.

Many paragraphs of the law enacted by the passing legislative body began, literally or figuratively, “the regulator shall determine….” Broad powers were given to the regulators. This was by design. Such a plan enables presidential appointees to do as they or the president pleases.

The 111th Congress did not pass any significant global warming legislation despite their desire and opportunity to do so. We are encouraged by their failure. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Thursday that it will regulate power plants and oil refineries to combat global warming. What cannot be accomplished by “legal” law may be accomplished by “regulatory” law.”

The coming battle will be between the central planning experts and the people as represented by the Republican, and dare we say, the Tea, parties. Look for Obama to play the good cop, the bi-partisan cop, while his operatives do the dirty work. Good cop, bad cop, still a cop.

MEDICARE MESSAGE FROM KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

Medicare and the New Health Law is the title of a glossy full color bulletin written by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health & Human Services. The leaflet is currently in the mail to a broad list of recipients across the nation. It is an expensive mailing, no doubt. It is little more than a propaganda piece that reads like an Obama speech with all of the same talking points.

Within the bulletin’s four pages Sebelius manages to cast aspersions on the insurance industry 5 times. For instance, in the opening paragraph we read:

It will also ensure accountability throughout the health care system so that you, your family, and your doctor – not insurance companies – have greater control over your care.  (emphasis is in the original).

The same arguments we heard from Obama when he was campaigning for passage of the bill are repeated in the bulletin: reduction of fraud, better quality care for more people at less cost, and new services to assure people “will no longer be forced into poverty”.

There is need for a letter to explain the provisions of the new law but this is not it.

Bob B

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