Economic turmoil, a failed jobs bill, pinkwashing and more dominated this week’s headlines outside of the insurance world, with an ongoing emhpasis on domestic unemployment, international finance and the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
President Barack Obama holds up a copy of his jobs act as he speaks at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. Obama is challenging a divided Congress to unite behind his jobs bill or get ready to be run “out of town” by angry voters. Hoping to use public frustration and economic worry as leverage, he has called his proposal an insurance plan against a painful return to recession. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., arrives at the Capitol for the vote on President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, which failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Nelson said he would not support the president on the bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Gov. Jerry Brown, right, talks with his Legislative Affairs Secretary, Gareth Elliott, second from left, as he goes over legislation approved by the lawmakers in the closing days of this year’s legislative session, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Brown had until Oct. 9 to either approve or veto hundreds of bills that were sent to his desk. He signed 10 new insurance regulations into law. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Protesters march from the State House to the Federal Building during a rally to encourage Congress to pass legislation to create jobs and enact a financial transaction tax on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in Augusta, Maine. The group marched to the offices of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, to deliver a check for $312 billion, the amount that they say the transaction tax would generate annually. (AP Photo/Joel Page)