The problem is, though, that "the man" on controlling insurance rate increase requests is state insurance departments. Not only did the thoroughly neoliberal and Internet 2.0 Obama insist that "the market," through techie things such as electronic patient records, would control costs (Note: EPR hasn't), he refused to put in other costs controls, like a federal bureau of insurance regulators inside HHS.
Speaking of, here's Dear Leader on that:
President Obama, on a trip to Tennessee this week, said that consumers should put pressure on state insurance regulators to scrutinize the proposed rate increases. If commissioners do their job and actively review rates, he said, “my expectation is that they’ll come in significantly lower than what’s being requested.”
I know, I know, a lot of Democrats don't like hearing Obamacare get bashed, and, after last week's second Supreme Court decision in its favor, would probably prefer to let sleeping dogs lie.
However, as I've noted before ,we've only implemented about two-thirds of Obamacare, and the unimplemented parts have all been put off by executive order of Dear Leader himself. We may find out that they're never going to work that well and that, at the same time, existing parts of Obamacare are in part predicated on those other parts coming into action and working well.
Finally, per the quote, shock me that an Internet 2.0 neoliberal would tout online activism — which often descends into slacktivism — as the first action on this issue. Maybe we can call that "electronic patient records 2.0."