The “Assurant Nullification Rally?”
IS SOUTH CAROLINA’S “NULLIFICATION” ALL ABOUT A WISCONSIN-BASED FIRM?
Earlier this week FITS published a lengthy expose on the “nullification scam” in South Carolina.
ICYMI, click here. It’s a must read, one which breaks down how the current debate over “nullification” in the Palmetto State actually has nothing to do with nullification – because none of the bills currently being pushed in the S.C. General Assembly would actually nullify Obamacare.
To us, that’s the crux of this issue: People are fighting over nothing.
Well, let’s rephrase that: They are fighting over something, it’s just not nullification. Specifically, they are fighting over whether to include a dramatically watered-down assertion of South Carolina’s right to nullify federal laws (but again, not this law) in a non-binding, non-enforceable preamble to the utterly meaningless legislation.
Yeah … don’t tell that to the thousands of activists expected to descend upon the S.C. State House this week for dueling rallies on the issue.
Anyway, in our sprawling opus we made reference to a recent super secret meeting among “conservatives” regarding the nullification fight – a meeting attended by state lawmakers, representatives of the S.C. Policy Council, the John Birch Society, the Tenth Amendment Center, the S.C. Campaign for Liberty, RINO Hunt and various other “Tea Party” affiliated groups.
According to our sources who attended the meeting, the John Birch Society’s representative – Jesse Graston – made repeated references to an as-yet-unnamed national insurance company looking to expand its business in South Carolina.
On multiple occasions during the meeting, Graston is said to have weighed in at the behest of this company regarding the specific language of the nullification bill.
Our report also referenced conversations with our sources at the S.C. Department of Insurance (SCDOI) – who have reached out to us regarding overtures from a company reportedly looking to sell low budget “catastrophic” coverage plans in the Palmetto State en masse.
FITS is now able to confirm that the company referenced in both cases is Milwaukee-based Assurant Health, a provider which specializes in selling “major medical, supplemental and fixed-benefit plans for individuals, families and small employers.”
Which begs the question: Why didn’t they just slap their name on this week’s big “nullification” rally at the S.C. State House? It would have been great free advertising, right?
Seriously we have the “Discover Orange Bowl,” and the “Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio” – why not the “Assurant Nullification Rally?”
Oh right … because that would have meant all the saps in attendance would have seen this charade exposed for what it is.
There is no “nullification” bill in South Carolina. And anyone telling you there is a such a bill is lying to you.
Now the question we need to ask is: Why?
We know Assurant’s niche market is one of the shadiest in the health care business … and we know the company has been criticized for its practices, including a 2010 trial in Colorado which uncovered the rescission of more than 8000 policies in a five-year period that enabled the company pocket $150 million in unpaid claims.
What does it want with South Carolina? And what does the non-fight over “nullification” have to do with that objective?
We’re digging …