DOJ, FTC Chided For Insurance Antitrust Efforts

Law360, New York (December 1, 2010, 3:45 PM EST) -- During a U.S. House of Representatives hearing Wednesday, experts and lawmakers questioned whether antitrust enforcers from the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are focusing enough on breaking up allegedly anti-competitive concentration in the health insurance industry.

House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., railed against what he termed the “disparity” between the antitrust scrutiny given to collaborative arrangements among physicians and similar arrangements as compared to mergers among insurers, which he said has given the companies excessive leverage to control costs and quell...
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