Sen. Dianne Feinstein to fight ‘egregious’ health insurance premiums with more government control

No, the link in Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s tweet does not link to her plan to repeal Obamacare. Rather, it links to a Mercury News editorial encouraging Feinstein and the rest of Congress to give the government the power to simply veto “egregious” rate increases if the Health and Human Services secretary sees fit. Feinstein’s plan to control gun violence through government control has been such a success; what could go wrong here?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has the solution for the 17 states lacking the authority to block or modify egregious rate increases. She is proposing to give the secretary of Health and Human Services power to examine health insurance premiums and deny unjustified or excessive rate hikes. Congress should pass Feinstein’s bill, and if it doesn’t, Californians should protect their own interests with a ballot proposition planned in 2014.

Quick, someone call Donna Brazile and let her know why her insurance premiums are so much higher now: it’s those greedy insurance companies being greedy. Or could there be another explanation?

If she hasn’t seen it, here’s a photo.

  • RadicalRebelWhoMeToo

    YOU really are a dimwitted JOKE. ==>.@SenFeinstein I’m fighting to prevent egregious health insurance rate hikes in California.

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      No not dim witted. This is just the start of stage two toward national healthcare, toward the ruin of this country.
      I have dual Canada/US citizenship, my family has significant health issues (we’re claiming $24K of med expenses on taxes this year-with insurance). If national healthcare were so great I would have moved up north. It’s so bad that I chose to spend the extra. My family’s health is worth it.

      • SpinMeNot

        I am (and I hazard its actually a we are) very sorry to hear about the trials your family is going though. I will try to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It is a damn shame that nobody wants to look to our Northern brothers and sisters and recognize the folly of the road we are following.

  • Jedd McHead

    MORE government — that’s always their (very costly) solution.

  • V the K

    Hey, Feinstein, your sister didn’t die from an assault weapon or egregious health premiums. Dorothy’s house fell on her.

    • mdtljt

      And we have a winner!!! I frequently quote Glinda…you have no power here…be gone before a house falls on you too!!!

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  • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

    @SenFeinstein how much money did your husband make from the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera. He was an investor in Current TV.

    • rennyangel2

      They are all in it for the POWER AND THE MONEY.

  • TocksNedlog

    What the hell is she bitching about? According to Donna Brazile on 1-1-14 everyone’s premiums will drop by $2,500 just like Obama said they will.

    • Kevin Krom

      “No good answer.”

  • trixiewoobeans

    I’d think she has Alzheimer’s, but she’s WILLFULLY ignorant, and Alzheimer patients are not.

    • SpinMeNot

      Not to make light of a horrible illness, but she’d have to have a brain to have Alzheimer’s … so I think we can rule that one out. She’s just bat-guano nuts.

  • CR

    It is so funny to watch the dems scramble to try to save CommieCare.

    I think it will be really funny if every single insurance company says NO to participating on the exchanges. For those who did not see, there are some insurance companies that are considering opting out (see Forbes article) and this could hopefully help to make the whole thing unworkable. here:

    Some choice excerpts from the article:
    “Last month, the CEO of the nation’s largest health insurance company warned that he and his peers may balk at participating in Obamacare’s insurance exchanges. “We will only participate in exchanges that we assess to be fair, commercially sustainable and provide a reasonable return on the capital they will require,” UnitedHealth Group Inc. CEO Stephen Hemsley said.

    That’s ominous news for Obamacare. If insurers don’t participate in the law’s exchanges, then consumers who had hoped to secure affordable coverage through the new marketplaces will instead find few choices and high prices.”

  • DavidKramer

    This is the next step folks. Destroy the industry by making it unaffordable, then begin mandating the prices, when it all comes tumbling down implement gov healthcare. Create problem, institute solution.

    Marxist 101

    • SpinMeNot

      Oh and don’t forget the control of what doctors get what specialties or there won’t be any grants to help pay for medical school. And then when after 8-12 grueling years of work, the government will decide in what areas they practice or they will be asked to repay the loans/grants on demands. And then their is the control the government will have over their licenses, which will keep them in line.

      This ain’t going to end well …

  • RightThinking1

    “I’m fighting….”

    Uh oh…., anger management problem. Flag her name, no gun permit.

  • rennyangel2

    Hard to argue with stupid.

  • Meshell

    I am a nurse practitioner- In the last 6 months I have noticed that the regulations for documentation (read more paperwork) have increased even more- and since January I have also noticed that it has become even more difficult to get tests and procedures authorized- I find that I am spending a lot more time on the phone with the insurance companies then I used to. The national guidelines for preventative health have also changed in the last year- 3 years for pap smears, depending on which guidelines you follow- 2 years for mammograms, they are starting to get away from recommending yearly PSA ( blood test that checks for prostate cancer) because they say that it leads to too many unnecessary tests- they are also recommending that we no longer teach women to be self breast exams for the same reason- can lead to unnecessary testing. This is a guideline I do not agree with and DO NOT follow. Medicare is no longer covering blood tests that check for diabetes, kidney function, or anemia as screening tests, now you have to have a medial diagnosis. 9 months ago these were standard labs that I would check on every patient over the age of 35 who came in for their yearly physical. I received two letters today- one regarding a vitamin d level that I drew on a patient for symptoms she was having that indicate that her vitamin d level was low and of course it was- but medicare is not paying for it so they wanted me to give them another diagnosis code- apparently you can’t check a patient for low vitamin d even though the have symptoms of low vitamin d????? I also had a letter regarding the screening of an 89 year old gentlemen for anemia, kidney function and diabetes- all the tests were negative and he is healthy so medicare won’t cover these labs either. What the heck- preventative medicine is going to continue to go down hill- without preventative care we are going to have diseases out of control- making people sicker and health care expenses are just going to continue to go up. My solution???? Get government OUT OF HEALTH CARE!!!!!! Including medicare and medicaid. It can’t continue to go on like this. They are going to bankrupt this country with the taxes on obamacare and people are still not going to be getting the medical care they need.

    • Moue La Moue (D)

      Guess they’re taking all the ‘preventative’ out of healthcare. It’s not like we need that anyway, right? Free birth control for all! That covers everything!

    • RadicalRebelWhoMeToo

      Doctors are starting to fight back. I like this==>

    • Morneau_for_4

      John Stossel argues that too much preventive care is a bad thing because too many tests lead to false positives, etc, which in turn increases costs. A lot (not all of course) but a lot of health problems are simply caused by a poor diet (yes, our body needs good old-fashioned animal fats and fewer servings of grains). Unfortunately, we simply want to pop a pill.

      • [email protected]

        I agree to a point, but I am a healthcare professional and I have seen some changes for the worse as well. Regarding testing, there are tests which really must be performed and some which, unfortunately are often performed to protect against liabilty. With tort reform, those additional tests may be able to be eliminated and the savings could be passed on to the customers, as well as the insurred (Dr’s). However, it’s only common sence to take care of yourself by watching what you eat and make sure that you exercise. Always make sure that you check with your doctor before you begin any diet or exercise programs to be sure that you are healthy enough to manage the programs which you chose to engage in.

  • SpinMeNot

    Well, if they take our guns away, that is one less question for the doctors to ask us, and surely that will save us all at least a nickle or two on our insurance premium.

    • TexSizzle

      n.1.(Zool.) The European woodpecker, or yaffle; – called also nicker pecker.

      The coin is nickel, spelled the same as the metal it’s made of.

      • SpinMeNot

        lol, thanks .. gee, who’d have thunk I’d spell something wrong …

  • dennylee60

    I don’t think I can afford any more help com the government.

  • Jim Denney

    Easy Preezy, just outlaw criminal violence. Once peace & goodwill reign throughout your Democratic workers paradise, costly emergency room & life support expenditures for scumbags & their victims will no longer be necessary. You can then properly invest that money “for the children.” Peace out, Dudette….

  • Guest

    this Feinstein bill smells like a smokescreen. what if the NRA and GOP are working back room deals with Dems right now? I feel like there’s going to be some sort of registry policy that ends up passing. the statists want these guns on the books really bad.

  • ricsands

    Crazy woman, that snake is already in the door and it’s carrying dozens of eggs. I for one can not believe how my premiums have risen and become as complex to sign up for as it is since the PPACA was passed.

  • NRPax

    Wait! You mean that government can just wave its hand and declare what a price is on goods or services? Then why do I have to spend so much on things?

    • Kevin Krom

      Because the government can just wave its hand and declare what a price is on goods or services.

  • Kevin Krom

    Feinstein apparently reads #DonnaBrazileMysteries and is constantly shocked at the endings.