Friday, February 26, 2010

Weiner: Republicans Owned By The Insurance Industry

Kudos to Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who didn't mince words during a debate on legislation that would repeal the 65-year exemption of the health insurance industry from anti-trust legislation. After he spoke, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) asked that Weiner's words be taken down under a procedure used to discipline a member for inappropriate remarks:

Weiner: 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!

After Weiner returned, he refined his original words: 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 objected again, and Weiner returned to stated that there is no bipartisanship between one party that "generally [stands] up for the American people in their daily battles against high insurance" and another party that "...simply won't permit that to happen." Weiner concluded, “Enough of the phoniness. We are going to solve this problem because for years our Republican friends have been unable to and unwilling to. Deal with it!” Watch:

Great to hear a Democrat stand up, recognize the illusion of bipartisanship and announce his determination to fight. Now it's time for President Obama to apply whatever rallying and pressure is necessary to pass health care legislation through reconciliation.

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