R.I.P. McCarran-Ferguson – We won at last, you bastard!
I just received word that McCarron-Ferguson’s protection of insurers from antitrust suits is history, and the ADA played a
critical role in subjecting insurers to accountability for the first time in almost 70 years. Dues well spent.http://view.adapubs.adamail.org/?j=fe5c157471640c75771c&m=fef61079726005&ls=fde513787c61007e701c7676&l=fe93167472670c7c76&s=fe3115727264007e741078&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2d15747667007a761c71
Full U.S. House Approves Amendment Repealing Insurance Industry’s Antitrust Exemption
The U.S. House of Representatives this morning approved by voice vote an amendment that would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson
Act’s antitrust exemption as it applies to health insurance companies. That exemption, which Congress enacted in 1945, was intended to make it easier for states to regulate insurance without federal interference. The ADA and other health care groups have long argued that the exemption gives the insurance industry an unfair advantage in the marketplace. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) offered his legislation as a floor amendment to the ADA-supported Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare Act (H.R. 5).
H.R. 5, which would reform medical malpractice laws by limiting awards and attorney fees, passed the House today by a vote of
223 to 181.This email has been distributed to all members of the American Dental Association.
Nice work, ADA Advocacy.
D. Kellus Pruitt DDS
Editor’s Note: Dr. Pruitt can be reached at darrelldk@/Tx.rr.com