In the past few months since historic health care reform became law, there has been a lot of beating up on this administration from both sides of the political spectrum. If the right is always true to its laissez faire, anti-regulation views, some on the left is busy slamming the reform for not setting enough cost controls - in their view nothing suffices except legally mandated price caps. But the real question is not an ideological one. It is a real one. The real question is: are accountability measures working to rein in insurance companies? There are plenty of implications they are.
The Editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and Republican operatives have gone after the HHS for cracking down on insurance companies and not letting them get away with blaming health care reform by threatening to disqualify them from the upcoming health insurance exchanges. Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius, in an op-ed piece written for the Wall Street Journal, slams down the right wing nutjobs.
In the last two weeks, my department has been accused of "thuggery" (this editorial page) and "Soviet tyranny" (Newt Gingrich). What prompted these accusations? The fact that we told health-insurance companies that, as required by law, we will review large premium increases and identify those that are unreasonable.[...]
[W]hat is really objectionable about these comments is not who they're attacking, but what they're defending. These critics seem to believe that any oversight of the insurance industry is too much, and that consumers would be better off in a system where they have few rights or protections.