HanfordSentinel.com: California Focus: Non-regulation boosts health insurance costs

April 5, 2011 – If taxes are defined as money that citizens must pay in order to avoid serious difficulties, then surely health insurance premiums are a kind of de facto tax. That’s certainly the view of Dave Jones, California’s new insurance commissioner, who has been frustrated since entering office by his inability to overrule proposed rate increases by the state’s largest health insurance companies for their individual and family policies.