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AHIP Statement on H.R. 4626
Date:2/24/2010

already are prohibited from colluding to raise prices and from merging at will. They can, however, pool information about risks, and it can be argued that that helps them manage ways of controlling costs and even rates.” (McClatchy, Analysts: Stripping health insurers' antitrust protection won't affect consumers much, 02/07/2010)

Kaiser Health News: “…many antitrust experts say that ending the exemption -- by repealing the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act -- wouldn't significantly increase competition or reduce premiums.” (Kaiser Health News, The Antitrust Exemption For Health Insurers: Meaningful Or Not?, 02/08/2010)
Scott Harrington: “It might sound good, but I can think of very few things in the bill that would be
less consequential for consumers of health insurance.” (Kaiser Health News, The Antitrust Exemption For Health Insurers: Meaningful Or Not?, 02/08/2010)

CQ: “…bill supporters have little evidence to support claims that the antitrust exemption leads to higher costs. In fact, their statements in support of the bill sometimes suggest the opposite.” (CQ, House Democrats Push Bill to Eliminate Insurance Antitrust Exemption, 02/05/2010)

Ezra Klein: “On the other hand, since it doesn't matter much, and it's good politics either way, Democrats may as well go after it. They just shouldn't fool themselves into thinking they've actually done anything useful when they've finished.” (The Washington Post, Ezra Klein, A primer on the antitrust exemption for insurers, 02/08/2010)

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