Friday, June 18, 2010


This is Lynn Jenkins, she does not represent us

H. J. Res. 45, THE STATUTORY PAY-AS-YOU-GO ACT of 2010 became Public Law 111-139. The purpose of the resolution was to reestablish a statutory procedure to enforce a rule of budget neutrality on new revenue and direct spending legislation.

For an excellent thumbnail of PAYGO jump over to Wikipedia, Wikipedia makes the point that "[t]he goal of [PAYGO] is to require those in control of the budget to engage in the diligence of prioritizing expenses and exercising fiscal restraint."

One feature of H. J. Res. 45 is Title II dealing with elimination of duplicative and wasteful spending. This title requires the Comptroller General to; " (1) conduct routine investigations to identify programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives with duplicative goals and activities within Departments and government-wide; and (2) report annually to Congress on the findings, including the cost of such duplication, and with recommendations for consolidation and elimination to reduce duplication identifying specific rescissions."

So obviously Republicans want those in charge of governmental spending to engage in the due diligence, prioritize expenses, and exercise fiscal restraint. Well not so fast, Lynn Jenkins and the Party of No were NO GO ON PAYGO. She voted against H. J. Res. 45, against PAYGO, and against eliminating duplicative wasteful spending. That was roll call number 48 in the second session of the 111th Congress.

Positioning herself steadfastly with Insurance Companies, Lynn Jenkins was one of only nineteen in the Congress to vote against H.R. 4626, the HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY FAIR COMPETITION Act. This bill Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act - Amends the McCarran-Ferguson Act to provide that nothing in that Act shall modify, impair, or supersede the operation of any of the antitrust laws with respect to the business of health insurance. H.R. 4626 also applies prohibitions against using unfair methods of competition to the business of health insurance without regard to whether such business is carried on for profit.

So let's not forget the propaganda campaign the Insurance Companies waged in fighting Health Care Reform.

Lynn Jenkins voted to keep the Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurance Companies

If you recall antitrust laws prohibit things like monopolies, restraint of trade, collusion among businesses, and cartels. Antitrust exemption takes away those prohibitions. Health Insurance Companies abused their exemption by jacking up rates and denying claims. These companies did not operate in the public interest. Even the majority of House Republicans saw it that way. On roll call 64 the House voted to strip the exemption of antitrust laws from Health Insurance Companies. Again Jenkins sides with the Fat Cats. 

Over her career in Congress, the 2008 race and the 2010 cycle, Lynn Jenkins has taken more than  $82,074 from Insurance Companies according to

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