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House Judiciary Committee Asked to Seek GAO Report on Insurance Industry’s Anti-Trust Exemption

September 19, 2016

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is enlisting the House Judiciary Committee in his ongoing efforts to eliminate the antitrust exemption enjoyed by health insurance companies. In a Sept. 15 letter to Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. Gosar asked that the committee officially request that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study the health insurance industry’s exemption from antitrust laws as granted by the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1949.

“Giving the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice the tools to fully enforce federal antitrust laws against anticompetitive practices in the health insurance market, while not interfering with the ability of states to enforce their own laws and regulations, would significantly bolster competition and increase efficiency in the marketplace,” Rep. Gosar wrote.

He noted that the House Speaker’s recent “Health Care Task Force Report” included a recommendation for a GAO study

“I’m hopeful that you will consider requesting such a study as a first step in your committee’s examination of the issue,” Rep. Gosar told the chairman.