In the ultimate case of the arsonists dressing up as firefighters, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander has invited two liberals to testify in September on “stabilizing” (i.e. bailing out) the insurance industry.
Who are the two liberals? Governors John Hickenlooper and … John Kasich! Thus, we will have a hearing on how to bail out the industry that 1) destroyed health care prior to Obamacare, and 2) exacerbated it by supporting Obamacare and blocking repeal.
Then two governors owned by the insurance and hospital cartel will testify on their behalf. THAT is what is called “bipartisanship” in Washington. And THIS is what is meant by GOP control of the Senate.
Here is the focus of the Sept. 7 hearing, according to CQ (subscription required):
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told Colorado Matters in a Monday interview they are working on a joint health care plan focused on stabilization. Their plan could be ready as soon as next week and they hope it will win the support of other governors, Kasich said. […]
Both have called for Congress to allocate funding for the law’s cost-sharing reduction payments, which would alleviate uncertainty for insurers. Insurers have made it clear that they will increase their premium rates in the individual market if the administration does not continue making the CSR payments.
This is an utter disgrace. Nobody embodies the government-insurance industry complex more than John Kasich.
In Ohio, he placed personal connections in insurance and hospital lobbies above the interests of the consumer at every turn. He has vetoed every effort by the Republican-controlled legislature to rein in Obamacare, reduce spending, improve consumer choice, and prevent more taxpayer dollars from lining the pockets of the cartel.
The Ohio governor should be the poster child of what not to do with health care.