Being that I am a hard hat CPA a tie is not required in my line of work but I thought what the heck, I need to look my best for insurance commish Mike Chaney, who will certainly be at the RAND forum. Man o man was I disappointed though because I looked high and low for Mike, who we affectionately know as Mikey the Cook here on Slabbed due to his warm association with fellow Commish Jim “Jimbo the clown” Donelon.
Now there were several theories about Mikey the cook’s whereabouts. One theory goes that he was in Bloomington giving an interview with the Pantagraph which is State Farm’s hometown newspaper. Such is not a far-fetched theory as Mikey has graced the pages of the Pantagraph before waxing nonsensical. Here is a snippet from their Katrina coverage which featured Mikey the Cook’s remarks:
“It was a win-win for State Farm, the state and the courts,” said Mississippi insurance commissioner Mike Chaney, who monitored the mediation program. A probe of State Farm’s claims handling by his department found questionable decisions and irregularities, but no elaborate scheme or illegal actions, he said.
Now we’ve always said Mike Chaney wouldn’t know insurance fraud if it bit him on the ass, unless that is, it is one of his constituents trying to defraud a big insurer. Chaney doesn’t represent the Mississippians who elected him in any way shape or fashion instead favoring the out of state insurance interests currently funding Steven Palazzo’s campaign. Speaking of Palazzo you would think he would have joined fellow republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana at this forum being that he is running for the congressional seat here in Mississippi but Palazzo is on record as believing the magical sugar-plum fairy will wave her magic wand and solve our insurance woes. I guess I should not be surprised Palazzo didn’t show. FYI to Palazzo, the elderly lady on a fixed income who sat behind me wasn’t there out of fear of Katrina, she was there because she can’t afford her insurance premiums. Lest I digress.
There was another theory about Mr Chaney’s whereabouts that caused him to miss a forum where a University professor revealed she ran naked because she could not afford her insurance in the Q&A segment: He is living it up in Orlando Florida with the rest of the do nothing insurance commishs. Luckily for us, a member of the Slabbed Nation’s Florida contingent is at the event and we look forward to hearing about it.
I’m certain to hear Mr Chaney tell it they were slummin’ at the Gaylord compared to that meeting they had in the Florida Keys not that long ago. Meantime people on the coast are having to make the stark choice between buying medication and paying their insurance.
Let them eat cake eh Mike? Indeed.