The Pants on Fire Report: Covered California required insurers to cancel plans

Spoiling the bushel.

President Obama blamed health-insurance cancellations on “bad-apple” insurers, who presumably offered and then cancelled the lousy, cut-rate insurance plan that you liked, but don’t get to keep, because they (the insurers) are bruised and full of worms.

That’s the extent of the rational explanation the president offered for the supposed “bad-apple” cancellations:  that they were perpetrated by “bad apples.”  Which, by definition, as we all know, do “bad apple” things.

But it turns out that, in California, at least, the bad apples were actually located Continue reading “The Pants on Fire Report: Covered California required insurers to cancel plans”

Government happens: Pimping health insurance in California

Government gonna happen.

How does a community group that’s been funded to help Californians sign up for the new health “insurance” exchange trace back to a state law sponsored in 1990 by a senator who later served time for felony convictions?

In today’s post, we find out.  This tale is a classic drama of governmentism and its inevitable consequences.  None of it can be attributed to a grand plan – or not, at least, to a plan that was executed with intent by actors conscious of all its details.  Rather, it illustrates the maxim (OK, it ought to be a maxim) that “Government happens.”  Start government in motion, and everything else follows as night follows day.

Government happening

The drama begins in the 1930s, when states across the nation were chartering Blue Cross/Blue Shield organizations Continue reading “Government happens: Pimping health insurance in California”