About 35 states have given their insurance departments the legal power of prior approval of proposed health insurance rate changes. California is not among them, and advocates believe the state's residents are paying more for their health insurance coverage than necessary.
Seven months into the Obama presidency the GOP's biggest, and perhaps only, success has been drowning the optimism from earlier in the year in a pool of red baiting, misinformation, Nazi comparisons and intimidation.
There's no way of knowing yet if these real stories will make the difference this time around. But the White House thinks it's a winning strategy since it is, after all, one Obama used successfully during the election.
The health insurance industry is already gearing up again to fight Obama's health care plans. This time it's cries of unfair competition with a successful model of government organized health insurance.