Open Thread - Politics on a Plane Edition

ePluribus Media had a chance to get to a Blogger's meet up with Rep. Jim Himes in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Tuesday night and we hit on a bunch of topics. We have a couple of videos up on the topic of Healthcare Reform over here already and you can peek at these YouTube uploads for more (Six from this event edited so far).

But for those of you that might wonder "if Rep. Anthony Weiner is really pushing as hard as he can for Single Payer?" You might enjoy this short and humorous video from the interview below the fold:

There were only two Bloggers there at the beginning of the interview - myself and Saramerica, with Connecticut Bob and Anderson Scooper showing up later - so I managed to get out a lot of questions/advocacy. I tried to edit some of the longer more advocacy type stuff from myself out, if I could, so you wouldn't have to sit through what you already know about my personal positions. :) I am sure some of the other Bloggers attending will have something to say about the event, as well. Jonathan Kantrowitz has a post up over at Connecticut Local Reporter with a video from the event courtesy of ePluribus Media.

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Eliot Spitzer...it's a shame he couldn't keep his pants zipped.

Spitzer Says Insurer Fees Fueled ‘Improper Practices’

By Jamie McGee and Andrew Frye, Bloomberg, February 18, 2010

Eliot Spitzer, the former New York attorney general whose 2005 curbs on insurance-broker compensation were reversed by regulators this week, said the fees that he banned “created inherent conflicts.”

Brokers Marsh & McLennan Cos., Aon Corp. and Willis Group Holdings Plc won approval to again accept so-called contingent commissions from insurers, removing the Spitzer-era ban on the fees for placing policies, New York’s Insurance Department said Feb. 16. The middlemen are already paid by insurance buyers.

“The contingent commissions created inherent conflicts and tensions that led to improper practices that we were trying to eliminate,” Spitzer said yesterday in a phone interview. “It was part of a larger reform effort to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of the marketplace.” Spitzer, 50, declined to comment on the removal of restrictions.