Delaware's Lieutenant Governor, Matt Denn, has criticized Delaware's Workers Comp Rating Bureau for treating the rate making process "as the equivalent of a rug bazaar", proposing excessive rate increases with the expectation that it will be negotiated down.
Treating Workers Comp rates as something of a political football is hardly confined to Delaware, of course. But one would hope that rating bureaus would take something more of a factual, actuarial approach to Workers Comp rates. Of course, Lt. Gov. Denn probably isn't a disinterested observer of the process. He is, of course, part of the political process. And he was speaking to his state's Bar Association, themselves not impartial observers to a considerable extent. And so it goes.