The effort to strip insurers of antitrust protections is an increasingly public one. Late Wednesday, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sens. Patrick Leahy and Charles Schumer (D.- N.Y.) held a press conference to announce their intentions to remove some protections insurers enjoy under the McCarran-Ferguson Act.
“During the Senate’s debate on health care reform, I will offer as an amendment the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act, which will eliminate the antitrust exemption for health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies and ensure health insurers compete rather than collude,” Leahy said. “The American people deserve reform that serves their needs, not the special interests of insurance companies. Ending this cozy exemption is another way to strengthen consumer choice through a competitive marketplace.”
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