CubinNY wrote:Most countries of significant size have some form of federalism, but not in the way we have it. I agree with Tim, why should BCBS be able to operate across states with different rules on what they cover state by state? We have lax environmental laws (none) in Alabama why should that be allowed? It would obviously never happen, but I think a uniform set of laws would be a great thing for our country.
I feel like federalism is one of those terms that in the US, has a meaning that is detattched from what is actually means. I don't know if it's cuz of the Federalist papers or what, but I often see it used shorthand for the federalist system as designed by the founders and not a more broadly, "federal branch to which regional governments are subordinate." By 1780-whatever standards whatever might have been federalist is clearly not today, so I do occassionally see conservatives use it as an example of our specific state/federal bower balance rather than something more broadly as federalism.