Got an e-mail from my wonderful *eyeroll* Senator.
Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 1681, the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
On September 17, 2009, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced this legislation, which would eliminate the federal antitrust exemption for health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies. The bill would repeal the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act, which gives states the authority to regulate the insurance business and includes an exemption from federal antitrust laws.
I believe that the insurance market must be one in which competition is encouraged between insurance providers based on transparency and value. This would make health insurance a buyer’s market in which patients have affordable choices and know what plans cost and offer.
Over the past few months, we have seen unprecedented federal involvement in Wall Street, the banking industry, the housing market, and the auto industry. This bill would further expand the role of the federal government, taking away a state’s right to regulate the market and ultimately advancing the Administration’s agenda of a federal takeover of health care.
I firmly believe in preserving a state’s right to regulate insurance providers offering services within their borders. I will continue to fight against further unnecessary encroachment by the federal government.
The Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, on which I do not serve. Should this legislation come for consideration before the full Senate, you may be assured I will keep your views in mind.
I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
RAGE!!! Keep my view in mind my ass.
P.S. I'm REALLY getting tired of being referred to as "dear friend" feels too much like comrade to me.