Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Health Care Bill HR3590 - #2138 - Obamacare's Threat to Free Speech - Cato @ Liberty

From Cannon: On Friday, I blogged about HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ letter to the health insurance lobby, in which she attempts to stifle political speech by using the new powers that ObamaCare grants her to threaten health insurance companies that claim ObamaCare’s coverage mandates are one cause behind rising premiums. (Never mind that the insurers’ estimates — which project that ObamaCare will increase premiums in 2011 by as much as 9 percent — are in line with those put forward by HHS.) Here’s a smattering of reactions from others. The Wall Street Journal: “The Health and Human Services secretary…warned that ‘there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.’ Zero tolerance for expressing an opinion, or offering an explanation to policyholders? They’re more subtle than this in Caracas.” Chicago Tribune: “President Obama’s health care reform plan, enacted in March, is not terribly popular with the American people…The administration can’t tell the public to stop grousing. It can, however, try to silence health insurers who have the nerve to say out loud what basic economic theory indicates…Apparently, harsh punishment is in store for anyone who refuses to parrot the administration line. But there is every reason to think this alleged libel is true.” Read more......  See what Ed Morrisey and Michael Barone stated about the tactics being used to stop insurance companies from legitimately raising rates based on what the Health Care Bill mandates.

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