Topic: "Nobody Even Asked"(8)
Thus ends the first third of the year 2012. Since it is an election year, it is expected that the depth of the political faux pas will grow like a tomato in the spring sunshine. What frightens Frodo is that what is truly relevant is overshadowed by the trivial. An example, in truth, follows.
Those opposed to what is conveniently labeled as "Obamacare" have long argued that the project is wrong-headed. The free-market, it is alleged, will enter the fray when insurance companies have the opportunity to compete for business in states other than those in which they are housed. Said competition will help to lower prices, especially for those unable to obtain health insurance at work.
Well now, a logical argument, "Based on what?", Frodo asks.
Not much, it seems.
Georgia is one of five states that have already passed the requisite legislation to allow out-of-state insurance companies to offer product for sale across state lines.
Funny that you didn't know that, eh dear reader?
Funnier it is because there has not been one, nary any at all, to even apply to Georgia, or to any of the other legislative enactees, seeking authorization to compete across state lines. Apparently, it isn't the all-consuming profit monster the Republicants claimed.
Where could the all-seeing Republicants have screwed up this time?
"Nobody has even asked to be approved to sell across state lines. We're dumbfounded. We are absolutely dumbfounded," said Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. Hudgens a "conservative Republican" further said "I'm really surprised because it was such a bumper sticker issue by Republicans saying if we could get across state line selling, we could reduce the cost of health care."
Post-hypnotic party supplicants argue now that there is a fear that individual states will then have to regulate not only insurance companies housed in their state, but they will also hold regulatory authority over the out-of-state competition.
Frodo has a more obvious answer. The insurance companies are just figuring out how many palms they will have to grease should they take on customers serviced by another state legislature. Imagine if you will, dear reader, the Georgia State Legislature, masters of Republican sleight-of-hand, requesting a "fee increase" in Georgia, in order to "facilitate" the sale of health insurance coverage to individuals in Alabama. The words are "pay" and "off." And nobody's rates go down, unless you count the loss of women's healthcare services.
Old southern men, for the most part, just suck.