You’ve got to hand it to State Rep. Jerry Dockham and his fellow conservative supporters of the industry-supported “health exchange” bill that GOP leaders are rushing through the House in record time this week (the bill is passing its second committee in as many days this morning).
In his opening remarks explaining the bill to the House Appropriations Committee this morning, Dockham explained that the measure has “very broad base of support.” He then ticked off the vast array of groups that support the bill. Here is his incredibly diverse list:
-the North Carolina Chamber,
-Nation Federation of Independent Businesses,
-the N.C. Medical Society,
-the N.C. Hospital Association,
-the Academy of Family Physicians,
-the Society of Anesthesiologists,
-the Farm Bureau and, of course,
-Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Got that? A who’s who of the insurance/health care industry plutocracy and not a single independent consumer group. This tells you all you need to know about this bill (and the conservatives’ approach to governing our state in 2011).