Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her staff are implementing a new 136-page federal regulation which, for the first time ever, gives the federal government the power to set health insurance premium prices, a regulatory role traditionally reserved for the states, health policy experts are telling WND.
The new price control rule centralizes regulation of insurance policy premiums – and coverage – in Washington, D.C., under the aegis of Sebelius, a longtime radical abortion advocate and instrumental player in President Obama’s cabinet for the Obamacare agenda.
Sebelius, a former Democratic governor of Kansas, has been a mover in liberal health policy circles for years.
“Government control over the health care sector is the ultimate goal of Obamacare, and the latest rule giving the secretary authority over health insurance prices is part of the march,” Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, an Alexandria, Va.-based health policy think tank, told WND. “We’re only seeing the beginning of the onslaught of regulations to come.”
Another analyst noted that the policy essentially creates another layer of red tape for health insurance firms to jump through in order to bring policies to market, and likely will discourage new companies from entering the market, or established companies from expanding their offerings.