Monday, March 28, 2011

What Explains Sebelius' Ignorance of Health Law?

I've often wondered at how little Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, knows about state and federal health legislation pre-Obamacare.  Career politicians do not get rewarded for telling the truth, but her ignorance is shocking.

As I've written about previously, most of the so-called consumer protections that she touts were actually legislated back in 1996.  The 1996 law resulted in dramatic increase in federal regulation of health care, but no sigificant positive outcomes.

But Secretary Sebelius won't quit trafficking scare-stories about denial of coverage that have no basis in reality.  She gave an error-riddled interview on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR last week.  I was intending to correct the record, but Merrill Matthews did such a superb job at Forbes, that I'll simply refer you to his blog entry.

Also, Monday's Wall Street Journal (subscription only) editorialized in favor of Rhode Island's Medicaid waiver.  If you enjoyed it, you might want to read my review of the waiver, as well.

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