Blue Cross, in their undenying opposition to health reform, were the first to make the comparison that health care reform is like “energy deregulation.”
For my out-of-state readers, that’s an curse word, given the rolling blackouts that resulted.
But I am confused by the comparison. Wasn’t the big issue with energy deregulation that it was… deregulation?
Health care is a largely unregulated market now… we let insurers deny people because of pre-existing conditions, employers not offer coverage to their workers, and hospitals and doctors to not disclose cost and quality data.
That would change under these proposals. This is about placing more oversight, not less, over the health industry.