Diane E. Brown, a Gilbert resident, is the Executive Director of the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund conducts research and education on public interest issues. More information can be found at www.arizonapirgedfund.org
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When will AZ decide to join other states to ensure that we are being charged the proper rates for potato chips, soda or beer? Isn't there some great bureaucracy where everyone makes over $100K and have full staff of people to take lavish conventions to protect us from the evil doers who would raise prices on junk food and liquor? Oh, thats right, the market does that for us. Hmmmmmm?
In what country are potato chips, soda or beer requirements of the government?
And what medical ailments are fatal without enough potato chips, soda or beer?
Oh, that's right, NONE.
[ . . .“transparency” and “public input” have become almost as American as baseball and apple pie.]
First of all Diane Brown seemed to take time to tell the Governor's Regulatory Review Council how to do their job in telling the Arizona Deptartment of Insurance how to do their job. Okay, all well and good that Obamacare requires health insurance rate increases undergo similiar public notification and public hearing processes as regulated utilities. But as the first poster points out, what state agency is charged with the proper pricing of potato chips. . . a very relevant comparison.
Diane Brown's outlook and organization are every bit as socialistic as the current administration's vision. Conveniently she fails to point out the obvious, there are expenses and costs tied to everything. How are expenses of public input met?
The commentary doesn't add up. The nature of Arizona PIRG doesn't add up. Very idealistic but reality is out the window with this guest commentary, the author and the entity that supposedly provides consumer education. Grade F
But wait even people who have no medical ailments will be required to carry health insurance under the highly efficient government plan. That is of course the only way that there is any chance to try to begin funding such a monstrocity. The point is that like almost everything, the market can do it cheaper and more efficiently than the Government. And usually the ones calling for it have either a vested interest in gaining power or cannot take care of themselves. Which group might EV fall into?
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