Similar to DHS’ Jammit Napolitano?
At least, that’s what Jeffery H. Anderson, at the Weekly Standard, is pointing out. And by how that reads, I’d venture to say this monstrosity of a bill (2,700+ pages) had better not see the light of day.
Here’s the first paragraph of Mr. Anderson’s opinion article, go read the whole thing:
Not satisfied with the colossal amounts of power that she would acquire under Obamacare if it isn’t repealed, Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius has issued a 136-page “rule” that will now give her (and her subordinates) largely unchecked power to pass judgment on the prices of health insurance throughout the United States. Notwithstanding the fact that 43 states already regulate and approve health insurance premiums, Sebelius claims that we need an additional, more centralized, protection against insurers’ unseemly ‘profit motive.’ But a far greater threat to the future of American republicanism is posed by the impulse that animates Sebelius and the bulk of the Obama administration: the power motive.
UPDATE: Even at the state level, even present care can be outright horrendous as well as punitive. Here’s a case where a patient in a government run mental hospital almost died due to neglect, wins a case against the hospital only to be billed for care to the tune of $1.7M. The judge decided the patient wasn’t to be the one to win that argument. Ain’t life grand?