Weiner: “Enough of the Phoniness”


Saw this a bit ago, and found it cleaning out some drafts in my queue and I always want to write posts about Democratic legislators who actually do pationately care and advocate for health care reform. Rep. Anthony Weiner just about loses it here and he has been one of the steadiest advocates at a lot of the public stress points during the slow march towards health care reform.

The Republican Party is “a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry,” Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) charged on the House floor. When Republican Rep. Dan Lungren (Calif.) objected to the accusation and took the extraordinary step of asking that Weiner’s “words be taken down,” Weiner pushed back.

“You really don’t want to go here, Mr. Lungren,” Weiner said. Asking that words be taken down is a move on the House floor that is rarely made and carries great weight.

Weiner, after a pause, asked to have his words withdrawn and said he’d substitute new ones. “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,” Weiner clarified.

via Weiner: GOP Is ‘Wholly Owned Subsidiary Of The Insurance Industry’.

Here is Weiner’s statement and Lungren’s request to have Weiner’s words taken down twice. Weiner’s point was taken down as well.