Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LoBiondo votes to end health insurance anti-trust exemption

Frank LoBiondo was one of 406 Representatives who voted to end the anti-trust exemption for the health care industry, or as the bill's sponsor put it, To restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers. The overwhelming bipartisan majority on such a sensible measure is good to see.

Scott Garrett was the only New Jersey Representative to vote no, cementing his extreme status.

(Of course, earlier in the day LoBiondo voted to "recommit with instructions" which would have effectively killed the bill, but apparently he believes that such party-line votes don't really count in terms of supporting the bill. No doubt he knew the motion to recommitt would fail so maybe it's really true. You can decide for yourself.)