Skip to main content

No one could have foreseen it.


Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Truth four of the largest health insurance companies in California, has come out against a ballot initiative that would give the California Insurance Commissioner the ability to regulate health insurance rates and demand transparency to the public as to why rate hikes are justified.

Okay, maybe they aren't "wholly owned." You decide. Here's the disclaimer to their website.

Paid for by Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs, a coalition of doctors, hospitals, health insurers, and California employers. Major funding by United Healthcare Insurance Company, Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Health Net, Inc., and Blue Shield of California.
California's health insurers and their lackeys, legislators in pocket, were able to prevent AB 52, a bill similar to this ballot initiative, from becoming law.

Now these same organizations are aiming a smidgen of the vast profits they make by denying Californians health care at Consumer Watchdog Campaign's attempt to get something similar onto the ballot.  If it does get on the ballot, you can be sure they'll unleash a veritable tsunami of attack ads crying "socialism", "Kenyanism" and "nanny-state-ism", along with the usual pack of lies about the bill's consequences (after all, more than twenty states have given their Insurance Commissioners similar powers, and last I checked the flag still had fifty stars).

So what can you do to "Just Say FU" to big health insurers? You can join Senator Diane Feinstein and download the ballot initiative petition, make as many copies as you'd like, have your registered-California-voter family and friends sign, and mail them back in.

"I am proud to tell you that I was the first person to sign a new ballot initiative petition that will reform the health insurance industry in California," Feinstein, a San Francisco Democrat, wrote in an email sent to about 2 million registered voters.

The Senator urged recipients to print out the petitions and sign their names to help get the 505,000 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot. Efforts to pass similar laws in the state Legislature were opposed by the insurance and healthcare industries and failed repeatedly over the last five years.

I did it. I sent in three. It's pretty easy. Easy enough for any computer-literate Kossack -- is there any other kind -- to handle with one mouse tied behind his or her keyboard. If both mice are indisposed, you can even have the initiative's sponsors mail you some petition forms.

This is something that should have passed a Democratic legislature in Sacramento easily, and been signed with fanfare by a Democratic Governor. That it is being left to the people to do battle by themselves with health insurance giants is disgusting.  And yet at least there is hope. People are fed up. People hate the insurance companies. This initiative will pass, if given the chance to do so.

The Consumer Watchdog Campaign says they are on target to meet their signature goal. If you live and vote in California, please do your part to keep them sprinting along.

Do It Now. Download or Request the Petition. Click Me.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:36 AM PDT.

Also republished by California politics, SFKossacks, Progressive Policy Zone, Dailykos Kossacks For Action, Healthcare Reform - We've Only Just Begun, and Single Payer California.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site