Is there any chance on God's green earth that the White House and ABC News are going to let the head of a private insurance company put Barack Obama on the defensive in front of a national television audience? When Ron Williams, president of Aetna, was handed the microphone at the infomercial last Wednesday night, he may have thought so. But before he could get a word out, Diane Sawyer bushwhacked him with this obviously-prepared-carefully-choreographed zinger: Why Mr. Williams should your company be allowed to make billions in profits while there are so many people who cannot afford health care?
As long as we're bushwhacking Aetna, let me get in my shot. Why does Aetna refuse to support the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and other organizations that made possible Health Savings Accounts and other consumer-driven products and continue to defend Aetna's right to make the profits that flow from them?
Hard to feel any sympathy for these guys.