The Wall Street Journal editorial board unloaded on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the "thuggish message" of the former Kansas governor's letter to the health insurance trade group last week promising "zero tolerance" for companies that try to blame 2011 premium increases on the federal health reform law. "Zero tolerance for expressing an opinion, or offering an explanation to policyholders? They're more subtle than this in Caracas," the Journal editorialized, noting that the law gives regulators the power to define "unreasonable" premium hikes and exact retribution later. "This is nasty stuff and an obvious attempt to shift political blame for rising insurance costs before the election. It's also an early sign of life under Obamacare, when all health care decisions are political and the bureaucrats decide who can charge how much for a service or product. Democrats built this system and they now own it politically. The least they could do is take credit for its consequences."
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