It’s hard to imagine a better way to kill the insurance industry than to roll back its efforts to regulate insurance companies.
That’s because a new federal regulation will impose new restrictions on the activities of insurance intermediaries, which are widely used by big insurers to protect themselves against lawsuits from consumers.
But it also threatens the viability of a few existing insurance companies, including UnitedHealth Group (UNH), which had already been forced to merge with Cigna in 2015 to save it from being caught in a $8.4 billion lawsuit filed by the federal government.
It also threatens to undermine the stability of a large and rapidly growing industry, which has been hobbled by the inability of regulators to do much about the problems caused by the insurance companies’ failure to regulate themselves.
The regulatory regime will also affect a large number of insurance companies that have not yet made major changes to their business models or operations.
The rule, known as the “reinsurance intermediary” regulation, was introduced in February by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which regulates insurers, reinsurers, and other insurers.
Under the regulation, a new insurance intermediary must meet the following criteria: It must not be a corporation or a partnership; Its activities must be independent; and The intermediary must not have been engaged in activities that are the subject of a civil or criminal proceeding.
This is a tough standard that requires the intermediaries to be “independent” in a sense that they must be able to determine what the best way to protect their clients is.
That means the intermediary must have no employees, no capital, and no staff that is outside of the intermediary’s jurisdiction.
The government says the regulations will provide the insurance intermediary with “necessary tools to protect the public against risks posed by their products.”
But the regulator doesn’t appear to have any evidence to back up its claim that the regulations are necessary to protect consumers.
The regulation does not specifically specify what these protections are, and regulators don’t have the authority to compel the intermediars to adopt them.
And there is no evidence that they will prevent insurers from engaging in predatory practices, as the government says it will.
“While the regulator does not propose to impose regulatory requirements on insurance intermediars, its enforcement of this rule will be tailored to protect customers, the integrity of their business, and the public health and safety,” the regulator’s website says.
What it doesn’t say is that the rules will apply only to insurers.
The rules will also apply to “indirect” insurance companies like Cignas, UnitedHealth, and AmerisourceBergen.
Indirect companies are businesses that do not have any connection to a major insurer, and they do not require a major insurance company to accept any claims from consumers, but instead are simply part of the insurance business.
The regulations would also apply directly to other companies that sell health insurance to individuals or small businesses.
In other words, if an insurance company is part of an indirect company, it can be regulated under the regulations without any involvement from the regulators.
The proposed regulations will be published soon, and it’s unclear whether any of the regulations would be subject to a public comment period.
As for the regulations’ effect on consumers, the rules are already a drag on consumers.
For the past five years, more than 50 million Americans have been sued by insurance companies for the insurance they provided to them, often without the customers knowledge.
Most of the cases are settled out of court, but consumers have suffered significant financial losses as a result of insurance company lawsuits, according to a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity.
Insurance companies have also made large profits from consumers who have paid premiums for coverage they did not receive, even though the policies they bought were defective.
For many consumers, they can’t afford to take the time to learn about the risks that can be posed by the new regulations.