For those of you looking for a silver lining in Judge Vinson's recent health care ruling, here you go:
In the wake of U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's ruling that the federal health care legislation is unconstitutional, Florida insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty returned a $1 million federal grant awarded to the state to assist with reforms. The money would have paid for a system to provide information to consumers on the rates of large-group insurers.This is pathetic.
"The purpose of this letter is to inform you that after deliberate consideration, I hereby rescind the acceptance of the above-referenced $1 million rate review grant, which occurred in a letter to you dated September 15, 2010. No drawdown of any of the $1 million will occur," McCarty wrote in a letter to the director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Consumer Information and Oversight.
The court's ruling was vague as to enforcement, perhaps intentionally so.
And it's obviously an issue in legal flux.
Why not wait for the dust to settle before you start returning monies provided pursuant to a federal statute?
This feels like cheap political theatrics at the expense of underinsured Florida consumers.
Oh hail this is way too depressing for a Friday afternoon, but I have to follow my muse, peoples (I'm paraphrasing Woody....)
Let me get some windsurfing in and see what it does to improve things, and I'll check back in later.