The House Judiciary Committee has passed H.R. 3596, The Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 by a margin of 20-9.

"Today’s vote is an important step forward toward opening up health and medical malpractice insurance markets to real competition," Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) Conyers said in a statement. "Joined by three of my Republican colleagues, the House Judiciary Committee agreed to bring antitrust enforcement to the two most abusive practices of the health insurance industry—price fixing and market allocation.”

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