FEMA: One More Obama Scandal for the Media to Obscure

Accuracy in Media

Why is it that the media almost always want to distance President Obama from the various scandals occurring during his presidency? It is as if he has nothing to do with the people he has appointed to run the various federal agencies, and no responsibility for their incompetence or corruption. Here is but the latest example:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reviewing insurance claims for 144,000 New York and New Jersey victims of Superstorm Sandy. The storm, which was actually Hurricane Sandy, hit the U.S. coast near Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 29, 2012. This FEMA review was prompted by lawsuits, an ongoing criminal inquiry, and news reporting that exposed the systematic, corrupt low-balling of homeowners by insurance companies working with FEMA. “They [FEMA] probably orchestrated the whole thing,” one victim, Doug Quinn, told CBS News. “A Sandy task force is being formed to evaluate the nation’s flood insurance program,” it reports.

The media would likely have treated this as a front-page scandal under George W. Bush’s leadership.

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Hypocrites: Obama Administration Tells Insurers To Stop Spending Money On Anti-Obamacare Ads

Say Anything Blog

Obama’s Health Secretary Katherine Sebelius says that money could better be spent by cutting premiums.  But I don’t remember the Obama administration complaining after they cut a deal with drug companies, also often accused of charging too much for their products/services, to spend $150 million advertising in favor of Obamacare.

Double standards are wonderful, no?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confronted insurance executives at their annual conference Wednesday — challenging them to divert millions in anti-reform advertising dollars toward cutting premiums and reciting a litany of insurance horror stories, to a decidedly chilly response.

The head of the insurance lobby made clear later that she’s heard enough industry-bashing out of the White House.

“There has been a relentless attack on the men and women who work in our industry,” said Karen Ignagni, head of America’s Health Insurance Plans. “But the politics as usual in Washington won’t address the underlying affordability issues, so we have to move beyond the politics of vilification and get to the process of problem solving.”

It’s more than a little ironic that the Obama administration is accusing the insurance industry of “vilification” during efforts to, uh, vilify the insurance industry for charging too much in premiums.

And, really, attacking the insurance companies doesn’t make any sense.  Higher premiums aren’t being driven by insurance industry profits.  They’re being driven by the rising costs of health care.  Most of us have comprehensive insurance policies that pay out for most of our care.  As the price of that care goes up, so must the premiums we pay for the coverage that doles out for that care.

Meaning that we shouldn’t be attacking insurance companies.  We should be asking why health care prices are spiraling out of control.  And there are a lot of reasons for that, most of them having to do with government policies that are promoting higher prices and should be ended.

But the idea that we need less government to fix health care, as opposed to more, is anathema to liberals.