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Author Topic: Pelosi says House healthcare bill will nix insurance exemption  (Read 714 times)
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« on: October 22, 2009, 02:04:09 PM »

if you can't nationalize 'em, then drive 'em out of business.  THAT will teach anyone else to dare cross the central government when they decide to destroy, er, "reform" something.  that will also make the "public option" a "public mandatory" without having to pass specific legislation forcing people into the new government contrivance.

the days are darkening.

Pelosi says House healthcare bill will nix insurance exemption

Legislation ending the antitrust exemption for health insurance companies will be included in the House healthcare bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

"It will include the Leahy amendment which is eliminating the exemption of health insurance companies … from antitrust law," Pelosi said, referring to a Senate provision authored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Supporters of the legislation say that while lawmakers try to instill competition in healthcare markets, they should also make price-fixing illegal.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the House version of Leahy's legislation Wednesday on a 20-9 vote that included three Republicans.

The health insurance industry angered many Democrats earlier this month when its trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), issued a report saying some provisions of the Senate Finance Committee’s healthcare bill would raise premiums. Critics said the study excluded provisions that would lower premiums.


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