Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has introduced an amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will repeal the antitrust exemption some insurers enjoy under the McCarran-Ferguson Act.

“The lack of affordable health insurance plagues families throughout our country, and this amendment is a first step toward ensuring that health insurers and medical malpractice insurers are subject to fair competition,” Leahy said in a statement. “Subjecting health and medical malpractice insurance providers to the antitrust laws will enable customers to feel confident that the price they are being quoted is the product of a fair marketplace.”

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