Even though there’s nothing shocking about the health care reform bill currently under debate on the Senate floor, say Employee Benefit Adviser’s reform watchers, there remains much room for improvement.

The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers is greatful for the exclusion of proposed legislation found in the House bill that would have potentially repealed health and medical malpractice insurers’ antitrust protection and permitted the Federal Trade Commission to prepare studies and reports on the industry. “The good news was seeing the exclusion of McCarran-Ferguson and FTC provisions that could have been significantly harmful to the insurance industry — and we’re grateful for the efforts of Sen. Ben Nelson on this front,” says Joel Kopperud, The Council’s director of government relations.

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