18 GOP Members Voted Against Repealing The Anti-Trust Redemptions For Health Insurance Companies. Point Taken.
Today the House voted 406-19 to repeal the 65 year redemption that health insurance companies have from anti-trust laws. It was another big step toward health care reform.
No doubt the highlight of the debate on the House floor came from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Weiner went after the Republican Party, which prompted a complaint from Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA).
You guys have chutzpah. The Republican Party is the wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry. They say this isn’t going to do enough, but when we propose an alternative to provide competition, they’re against it. They say we want to strengthen state insurance commissioners and they’ll do the job. But when we did that in our national health care bill, they said we’re against it. They said we want to have competition but when we proposed requiring competition they’re against it. They’re a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry. That’s the fact!
Lungren asked that Weiner’s words be taken down. Weiner withdraw his words, and then substituted them:
“Make no mistake about it, every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry!”
Lungren complained again, Weiner withdrew again, and then said:
“enough of the phoniness. We are gonna solve this problem because for years our Republican friends have been unable to and unwilling to. Deal with it!” His colleagues applauded his remarks.
As if to prove his point, these GOP members voting against repealing the anti-trust law:
GOP Reps. Akin (MO), Boehner (OH), Brady (TX), Broun (GA), Buyer (IN), Franks (AZ), Garrett (NJ), Jenkins, Jordan (OH), King (IA), Lamborn (CO), Linder (GA), Moran (KS), Paul (TX), Price (GA), Ryan (WI), Sensenbrenner (WI), Tiahrt (KS), and Westmoreland (GA)
I think Weiner should be applauded, and while he may have had to withdraw his statements, I’m sure glad the house proceedings were in front of the cameras.