A primer on the antitrust exemption for insurers
For those still confused about the antitrust exemption for the insurance industry, Jenny Gold has a nice piece running through the issue. The policy takeaway is that the CBO estimates that repeal will have no measurable impact on premiums or coverage, the insurance industry isn't working very hard to keep the exemption, and Scott Harrington, a health-care expert at Wharton, says, "I can think of very few things in the bill that would be less consequential for consumers of health insurance."
I agree with all of that. On the other hand, since it doesn't matter much, and it's good politics either way, Democrats may as well go after it. They just shouldn't fool themselves into thinking they've actually done anything useful when they've finished.
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