The US Department of Health and Human Services is trying to bully or shame health insurers into reducing their rate increases. The problem is that the federal government has no legal authority to regulate health insurance rates and doing say may actually drive prices up.
The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, an unprecedented “public nuisance” lawsuit brought against energy companies. The courts are hardly the place to set broad policy on climate change. Even Obama agrees.