Thursday, August 19, 2010

Irony of the Day

Think Progress notes an epidemic of hypocrisy.

19 of the 22 states that are suing the federal government over the constitutionality of the health care law will receive $1 million each to improve their rate review capabilities. Below is a sampling:

– ARIZONA: “The State intends to improve their filing review process by hiring an actuarial consultant to review 95% of submissions for compliance and make recommendations regarding whether filings are unjustified or excessive.”

– VIRGINIA: “Virginia will expand the information required to be submitted with rate filings and will develop a procedures manual for the review of rate filings.”

– FLORIDA: “The State will expand the scope to include large group and out-of-State products.”

Here’s a thought: any state that sues the feds over the healthcare bill automatically forfeits their standing to apply for grants from the bill.