Like Countable?

Install the App
TRY NOW

senate Bill S. 350

Should Health Insurers be Subject to Federal Anti-Trust and Competition Laws?

Argument in favor

Health insurance companies are currently getting away with overcharging customers because there isn’t enough competition in their industry to keep prices low. Making insurers subject to anti-trust laws would allow the federal government to punish insurers who engage in these unfair, anti-competitive practices.

wpeckham's Opinion
···
10/25/2019
Health may be the ONLY industry where profit is actually immoral and destructive to society. If it must be run for profit, then strict monitoring of those profits and immediate corrections are key. These have been largely lacking, and the country is paying a huge cost for this lack. This bill is only a beginning, but it appears one small step in the right direction.
Like (59)
Follow
Share
Karen's Opinion
···
10/25/2019
Yes! Monopolies do not lead to good outcomes and abuses in healthcare are deadly. The CVS Aetna merger brought together two giants—one of them was a retail chain! Amazon selling pill packs is ludicrous—the site constantly sells fraudulent material. Healthcare is not a commodity, although we treat it as such in this country. It is a sacred duty and a human right. It’s scandalous the abuses we allow in the healthcare field. Antitrust laws were designed to prevent abuses of power and protect the people from harm. Lets use them in this critically important field where do no harm is a maxim at it’s foundation.
Like (19)
Follow
Share
Mitchell's Opinion
···
10/25/2019
They should be dismantled, but this is a start.
Like (17)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

Some in the insurance industry believe the partial repeal of this very narrow antitrust exemption wouldn’t achieve the outcome of increased competition in health insurance markets. In fact, it may serve to limit future entrants to the market.

John's Opinion
···
10/25/2019
Universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave.
Like (37)
Follow
Share
Matthew's Opinion
···
10/25/2019
There is no constitutional authority for anti-trust, monopoly laws. Monopolies can only exist through government regulation, subsidy, and corruption. If the federal government would allow h health insurance companies to compete across state lines, like auto insurance (see, government created problems), then we’d have companies able to spread the liability costs across larger pools of clients.
Like (12)
Follow
Share
Laurie's Opinion
···
10/25/2019
Universal Healthcare is needed, nothing less
Like (7)
Follow
Share

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 6th, 2019
    Health may be the ONLY industry where profit is actually immoral and destructive to society. If it must be run for profit, then strict monitoring of those profits and immediate corrections are key. These have been largely lacking, and the country is paying a huge cost for this lack. This bill is only a beginning, but it appears one small step in the right direction.
    Like (59)
    Follow
    Share
    Universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave.
    Like (37)
    Follow
    Share
    Competition is always a good thing as is anti-trust controls to eliminate dominant companies from taking advantage. But, I am a little confused by the original rational that exempted health insurers from anti-trust controls. The stated reason was that it allowed regulators to keep drug pricing in check and for some reason that argument was accepted as the basis for anti-trust exemptions. I do not understand this original argument and have some difficulty with a Yeah or Nay opinion, because this was not addressed and, at this moment, I do not have the time to research it.
    Like (34)
    Follow
    Share
    Yes! Monopolies do not lead to good outcomes and abuses in healthcare are deadly. The CVS Aetna merger brought together two giants—one of them was a retail chain! Amazon selling pill packs is ludicrous—the site constantly sells fraudulent material. Healthcare is not a commodity, although we treat it as such in this country. It is a sacred duty and a human right. It’s scandalous the abuses we allow in the healthcare field. Antitrust laws were designed to prevent abuses of power and protect the people from harm. Lets use them in this critically important field where do no harm is a maxim at it’s foundation.
    Like (19)
    Follow
    Share
    They should be dismantled, but this is a start.
    Like (17)
    Follow
    Share
    As health insurance companies have evolved from not-for-profit organizations to for-profit organizations, insurance companies have undergone major consolidation and as executive compensation has accelerated have all contributed to the excessive premium increases. Making insurers subject to anti-trust laws would allow the federal government to punish insurers who engage in these unfair, anti-competitive practices.
    Like (15)
    Follow
    Share
    There is no constitutional authority for anti-trust, monopoly laws. Monopolies can only exist through government regulation, subsidy, and corruption. If the federal government would allow h health insurance companies to compete across state lines, like auto insurance (see, government created problems), then we’d have companies able to spread the liability costs across larger pools of clients.
    Like (12)
    Follow
    Share
    Why impeach: Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. He just released 10,000 Isis fighters into the world when he betrayed the Kurds. Our allies who have fought against Isis right beside our troops for years. They are being slaughtered right now. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a crime sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
    Like (8)
    Follow
    Share
    People should not be able to make tens of millions of dollars off of people’s poor health just so they can bribe legislators and spend it on advertising. This whole situation is disgusting and we need to break up these huge companies
    Like (8)
    Follow
    Share
    Universal Healthcare is needed, nothing less
    Like (7)
    Follow
    Share
    Competition is never bad. It insures that companies don’t cheat their customers.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    No. This is not the type of legislation needed to lower healthcare costs to consumers.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    This makes sense to me. I can't believe they haven't been forced to undergo anti-trust scrutiny. In our area there is such pressure to be with either of the major insurers that most people don't even mention other insurers. On top of that, both major insurers own their own health systems, so they have a true monopoly where they can force you to spend all your money with them. I do believe that competition could foster lower prices and even better quality, but there's really no incentive for competition right now because of the monopolies that exists in the market. There should be ways to break these monopolies and allow us all greater choice and variety of price.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    No industry should be exempt from anti-trust laws.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    Insurance companies should be subject to every roadblock and restriction that they now impose on their clients. These companies are sacrificing quality care and lives for the sake of their profit margins. And how about a ban on television ads? These are as bad as alcohol and cigarette ads in my opinion! I trust my doctor to make this call, not some suggestive , coercion from a 30 second advertisement.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    Make the health insurance providers subject to antitrust laws.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    No corporation or business should be exempt from anti-trust laws
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    They need to be watched
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    Another biased countable question. No maybe option. Federal antitrust, or any federal laws can only be applied on interstate commerce. Insurance is heavily regulated, but by the state it is sold in. Our Federal Government messed this up with Obamacare. Congress must leave this alone. Allow States to deal with this, as our Constitution demands. Put control of everything a the most local level possible.
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    Competition doesn’t work for essentials, such as police, fire, water, and utilities. We need Single Payer Medicare For All NOW!
    Like (3)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE