How come we can’t nail this evil woman for violating the Sherman Act?
Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.
Yep. Time for handcuffs. Why?
PHOENIX – Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Friday that would have allowed individuals to shop around for the best price on health-care needs, saying there are technical problems with the proposal.
The legislation by Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, would have put hospitals and doctors in the same position as retailers: They would have to give customers an opportunity to learn what certain procedures will cost before they show up in a waiting room.
That would have included both a requirement for online posting and making a price list available on-site.
Yep. A good law requiring that you have the right to know what something costs before you agree to it was vetoed by the Governor of Arizona.
Barto called the veto “an insult.”
I say it ought to be a felony for all of the firms in Arizona to not post said prices, and all those who conspire to keep that from being part and parcel of your daily life in Arizona should be exposed to prosecution and imprisonment for their part in that.
This now includes Governor Brewer.
And listen to this — the governor’s press aide admitted that one of the reasons for the veto was in fact a deliberate decision to fix prices!
Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said the veto is totally unrelated to Barto’s opposition to the Medicaid plan. He said there were “technical concerns.”
Among those, Benson said, is that hospitals do not have one flat rate they charge for procedures. He said different charges apply depending on whether the patient is paying his or her own bill, has coverage from an insurance company that has negotiated a discount or is a Medicaid patient.
There you have it — a raw admission that hospitals screw people “at will” — their charges vary not on the complexity or procedure performed but rather simply on how you pay and this is part of how they engage in that price-fixing.
We the people need to demand handcuffs.