Well, if you’re a big insurance company, everything. It will introduce a competitor in a highly lucrative industry, a competitor that can provide better care at a lower cost. So why is it that all you hear is how horrible a government-sponsored health care plan would be?
Because that’s what the Insurance industry wants you to believe.
The Subcommittee is responsible for, among other things, national energy policy; fossil energy, renewable energy; energy conservation; energy regulation and utilization; regulation of nuclear facilities; nuclear energy and waste; the Clean Air Act; the Safe Drinking Water Act; Superfund and RCRA; Mining, oil, gas, and coal combustion wastes; and noise pollution control.
Sounds like a pretty important subcommittee, involved in very important business. In fact, the subcommittee has been holding hearings on climate change. Hearings which I can only believe Rep. Shimkus thinks are unnecessary, given his opening statement at one such hearing:
At a time when it seems that everyone in the country is vehemently partisan, and the comments being left on most political blogs look like the ravings of sociopaths, it’s a breath of pure fresh air to see these two men treating each other with humor and respect. And they’re both pretty funny. I wish it could be like this all the time.