Schizo' Insurance Eggheads Want More Federal Oversight: While Desiring Slower Implementation?
December 21st, 2011
Cr edit note: Yes indeed, this pretty much proves the naviete' of eggheads.
These pinheads want more Federal regulation, while in essence, desiring slower implementation of existing regulations, which could eventually deflate, if not castrate the state's dedicated regulatory insurance departments, in the long run.
These guys haven't been very close paying attention, now have they?
It's the same as the Statist department of education, Obamacare and virtually every Federal government bureau. Hyper-centralize and watch the mind-numbing trek of money wasting, ponderous, ill-fitting bureacracy take over.
One size does not fit "all," ever, when meaningfully considered.
NU Online News Service
State-based insurance regulation has an “inherent weakness”—the ability to stray from or misinterpret national standards or model laws, says the Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc.
In a letter to Michael McRaith, director of the Treasury’s new Federal Insurance Office, RIMS recommends more federal oversight in making uniform, nationwide insurance regulations to make it easier and less expensive for commercial insurance buyers to access the right coverage.
The disparity among states creates redundant filing requirements and difficulties in launching new products, RIMS says.
“With a state-by-state patchwork of laws related to producer licensing and forms and procedures, additional costs are commonly incurred by consumers,” says Scott B. Clark, president of RIMS, in a statement. “Inefficiencies have become more profound, raising questions about fundamental fairness in the insurance market.”
As an example of the states’ flaw, RIMS points to states’ implementation of the Dood-Frank act’s Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) meant to create clarity to the regulatory and tax payment process in the surplus lines market.
Instead of clarity, states became divided over premium-tax allocation and two systems emerged—the Nonadmitted Insurance Multistate Agreement and the Surplus Lines Multistate Compliance Compact.
“Despite the clear intent of the NRRA, the states have not yet adopted nationwide uniform requirements, forms and procedures that provide for the reporting, payment and collection and allocation of premium taxes for nonadmitted insurance,” Clark writes to McRaith. “Additional Congressional action or pressure may be necessary.”
RIMS has “strongly supported” the FIO and it remains supportive of an optional federal charter, but realistic short-term “steps toward greater federal uniformity” are needed and “immediate federal regulation is impractical and should be slowed.”