S. 1681, the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009, would end the antitrust exemption health insurance corporations currently enjoy. You can read the bill at thomas.loc.gov in about ninety seconds, and I don't see any catches in it. Of course I'd prefer that the McCarran-Ferguson Act be repealed in its entirety (and who joined Sen. Leahy in an unsuccessful effort to do just that many years ago? Trent Lott, of course!), but S. 1681 would do in the short run. I wonder what the hard-right "free marketeers" will say, once confronted with a Democrat-sponsored bill that does actually promote competition. They'll probably say the bill violates corporate rights or something, like they think corporations are supposed to have more rights than people! I don't have a handy email contact tool, but I think S. 1681 merits a phone call to your Senators. They'll never see it coming.
Meanwhile, the RNC rolled out a "resolution on Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of Candidates" last week, which Political Wire quickly dubbed "the Conservative Purity Test." Commenter Chredon (scroll down) bashes it pretty thoroughly, but personally I'm struck by how conservative it's not. I guess I should be thankful that opposing gay marriage and abortion only comprise 20% of their platform. But they're against stimulus bills while pretending the Bush bailouts don't exist? How would Robert Taft react to "troop surges," particularly after watching his "conservative" colleagues force General Shinseki into early retirement because he wanted more troops in Iraq going in? And what are "market-based reforms"? They don't tell you, because if they did, they might have to come out and say "whatever corporations want." A real conservative would tell you that smaller communities make the best decisions on behalf of said communities, and proceed philosophically from there -- versus proceeding from "whatever Barack Obama wants is evil," as the RNC obviously does in its resolution.