The Cato Institute’s Dan Mitchell shows how the White House is coercing health insurance companies to limit premium increases before the mid-term elections.
Dan concludes, “We have a stereotypical example of Mitchell’s Law. Government screws up something, and then uses that mess as an excuse to impose more bad policy!”
I thought TARP was the sleaziest-ever example of cronyism and corruption in Washington.
The Wall Street bailout rewarded politically well-connected companies, encouraged moral hazard, and ripped off taxpayers. Heck, it was so bad that it makes the sleaze at the Export-Import Bank seem almost angelic by comparison.
But I may have to reassess my views.
One of the provisions of Obamacare allows the White House to give bailouts to big health insurance companies. You’re probably wondering why these big firms would need bailouts. After all, didn’t Obamacare coerce millions of people intobecoming involuntary customers of these companies? That should give them lots of unearned profits, right?
But here’s the catch. The President wasn’t being honest when he repeatedly promised that Obamacare would reduce premiums for health insurance. And since the Democrats don’t want consumers to get angry about rising costs (particularly before the 2014 elections), they want health insurance companies to under-charge.