More trouble for California's health insurance providers.
Just days after the news that Anthem Blue Cross is under investigation by the California Insurance Commission, Attorney General Jerry Brown has subpoenaed seven of the state's largest insurers, according to the Sac Bee.
The subpoenas will assist into the investigation of possible illegal rate hikes. Today's subpoenas focus on so-called "pay-for-service" plans. Similar subpoenas were issued last month, but those focused on managed care plans.
The insurance companies fired back, through the California Association of Health Plans. President Patrick Johnson said health care in California is being offered "in a well-supervised regulatory environment."
State Republicans agree, and suggest this move is about garnering voter-attention for Brown's as-yet-unannounced gubernatorial run.
"I think this is all about running for higher office," said Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville.