From James Taranto's Best of the Web column
Great Moments in Socialized Medicine
The Boston Globe has the latest update on America's future–which is now in Massachusetts, thanks to Mitt Romney:
The standoff between Massachusetts regulators and health insurance companies intensified yesterday, as most insurers stopped offering new coverage to small businesses and individuals, and state officials demanded that the insurers post updated rates online and resume offering policies by Friday
The confusion–or market chaos, as one insurance industry official called it–followed the state Division of Insurance's rejection last week of 235 of 274 premium increases proposed by insurers.
Insurance Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy:
"If we don't see the rates posted by the end of the week, we have a variety of enforcement tools at our disposal, including the ability to fine carriers,'' warned Murphy.
Levying punitive fines against insurance companies sounds like a great way to keep premiums down! – James Taranto
Now because you've been good, here's a health care bonus from James…
Congress's Latest Stimulus Package
"The Congressional Research Service has confirmed Sen. Tom Coburn's assertions that sex offenders not in prison could get Viagra and other drugs treating erectile dysfunction under health plans subsidized by taxpayer dollars," FoxNews.com reports:
Coburn drew ridicule last month for trying in vain to prohibit sex offenders from getting Viagra prescriptions under the new health care law.
But Coburn is now having the last laugh after the Congressional Research Service confirmed his assertions that sex offenders not in prison could get Viagra and other drugs treating erectile dysfunction under health plans subsidized by taxpayer dollars.
"The last laugh"? One could make a case that it's really not all that funny.