Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On Repeal Of Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Exemption

“I commend the leaders in the House of Representatives for including in their health care reform proposal a repeal of the federal antitrust exemption enjoyed by the health insurance industry.  This is not a new proposal, nor should it be a partisan one.  As I have said, I intend to offer such a repeal as an amendment to the health care reform legislation that the Senate will debate in the coming weeks, and I look forward to working with Senator Reid and others, as well as leaders in the House, to include this repeal as part of any health care reform package.  Just as the public option will strengthen consumer choice, so too will ending the health insurance industry’s immunity from our federal antitrust laws.”

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