State’s top insurance official talks about policy changes in Olive Branch

The top insurance official in Mississippi said Wednesday that the volume of changes under the federally mandated health care reform are “mind boggling” and partly come from “pure socialist-communist ideas.”

“Some of the ideas are Republican. Some of the ideas are Democratic. Some of them are pure socialist-communist ideas,” state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney told the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce. “It is taking money from one class of people and giving it to another. It is a socialist system and it’s not going to work.”

Chaney was sitting in for Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who instead of flying to DeSoto County to speak to the luncheon crowd had to stay behind because of “government action … budget issues,” Olive Branch Mayor Sam Rikard said. About 200 people attended the meeting.

Commercial Appeal
11/11/10