Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Repealing the Anti-Trust Exemption for Health Insurance Companies

I'm tired of the hypocrisy of so many Republican members of Congress who have put party over people, in general, but specifically since President Obama's inauguration just more than a year ago.  The data is clear when you look at any votes on a House Resolution or Senate Bill and all No's have an "R" beside them. I call 'em as I see 'em.

Today, much to my surprise, the vote on  H.R.4626: To restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers was overwhelmingly passed in the House with 406 voting aye, and 19 voting no. It didn't surprise me that all that the No's were from Republicans or the party of "NO", so let's "Name Them and Shame Them". 

Rep. Todd Akin [R, MO-2]
Rep. John Boehner [R, OH-8]  
Rep. Kevin Brady [R, TX-8]
Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10]
Rep. Stephen Buyer [R, IN-4]
Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2]
Rep. Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5]
Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R, KS-2]
Rep. Jim Jordan [R, OH-4]
Rep. Steve King [R, IA-5]
Rep. Doug Lamborn [R, CO-5]
Rep. John Linder [R, GA-7]
Rep. Jerry Moran [R, KS-1]
Rep. Ronald Paul [R, TX-14]
Rep. Tom Price [R, GA-6]
Rep. Paul Ryan [R, WI-1]
Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R, WI-5]
Rep. Todd Tiahrt [R, KS-4]
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA-3]

Conversely, if your representative is not on this list, thank them for supporting the Bill.  The Senate has not said when or if they will take up the bill, preferring to pass an overall Health Care bill.   It is no surprise that AHIP America's Health Insurance Plans was against the bill and so was the Chamber of Commerce

The Statement of Support from the administration is as follows:
H.R. 4626 — Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act
(Rep. Perriello, D-Virginia, and 65 cosponsors)
The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 4626. The repeal of the antitrust exemption in the McCarran-Ferguson Act as it applies to the health insurance industry would give American families and businesses, big and small, more control over their own health care choices by promoting greater insurance competition. The repeal also will outlaw existing, anti-competitive health insurance practices like price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation that drive up costs for all Americans. Health insurance reform should be built on a strong commitment to competition in all health care markets, including health insurance. This bill will benefit the American health care consumer by ensuring that competition has a prominent role in reforming health insurance markets throughout the Nation.

It is well past time that the cosumers get a win in  Healthcare reform.  The anti trust exemption has outlived it's benefits, if there ever were any to begin with. Congratulations to the House!


Anonymous said...

Okay, obviousley you voted for obama. But, do you actually understand that health care bill? Do you know that it's a form of genocide? That obama wants to set up a commity to decied who lives and who is too far gone to waste money on? Hopefully you don't end up getting really might be the one who is too far gone to fix. And also, that he is seperating his version of the weak from the strong? He is requiring everyone to pay for health care, wither you can afford it or not. ANd those that cant afford it will be put on government funded health those that will decide if your important enough to save. And having that many people on government funding is only driving America into more debt. And Obama's already gotten us further in debt that all other presidents combined...and what has he done? Other than give a bunch of fancy speaches and travel around the world with his family.l

Gold Star Mom Speaks Out said...

Anonymous, please stop hanging with those tea party folks and stop listening to Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck and all their friends; your ignorance is showing.

The way "healthcare" is set up in the US, is that the insurance companies decide if you live or die, NOT your doctor. The insurance companies deny coverage at their whim and their rewards are the highest, most obscene profits.

All of that notwithstanding, this post was about the repeal of the Anti-Trust exemption for health insurance companies, that by the way was put in place when they were all non-profits. Give me one good reason why that exemption should still be in place and then we can have a conversation.

libhom said...

I'm surprised more Republicans didn't vote against it. I guess they realize how justifiably angry most people are at the HMOs and health insurers.