S. 1681 - Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009

Antitrust; Health Insurance - Commerce. 111th Congress (2009-2010) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to ensure that health insurance issuers and medical malpractice insurance issuers cannot engage in price fixing, bid rigging, or market allocations to the detriment of competition and consumers. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been introduced. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009

S. 1681 — 111th Congress (2009–2010)

Keywords
Antitrust; Health Insurance
Summary
A bill to ensure that health insurance issuers and medical malpractice insurance issuers cannot engage in price fixing, bid rigging, or market allocations to the detriment of competition and consumers. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to ensure that health insurance issuers and medical malpractice insurance issuers cannot engage in price fixing, bid rigging, or market allocations to the detriment of competition and consumers.
Other Titles
  • Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009
Sponsor
Patrick J. Leahy
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Commerce
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Competition and antitrust
  • Health care costs and insurance
  • Health personnel
  • Insurance industry and regulation
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced9/17/2009
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced9/17/2009
9/17/2009Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S9556)
9/17/2009Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
10/14/2009Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
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Contributions

  1. January - February 2005 For $96,184 Against $243,878
  2. March - April 2005 For $365,141 Against $589,236
  3. May - June 2005 For $463,349 Against $663,460
  4. July - August 2005 For $175,793 Against $291,684
  5. September - October 2005 For $328,132 Against $577,401
  6. November - December 2005 For $292,572 Against $469,123
  7. January - February 2006 For $226,011 Against $208,480
  8. March - April 2006 For $488,730 Against $580,054
  9. May - June 2006 For $465,342 Against $783,992
  10. July - August 2006 For $546,838 Against $579,182
  11. September - October 2006 For $1,153,244 Against $1,357,227
  12. November - December 2006 For $195,941 Against $423,363
  13. January - February 2007 For $169,425 Against $376,950
  14. March - April 2007 For $454,426 Against $737,455
  15. May - June 2007 For $466,760 Against $797,115
  16. July - August 2007 For $210,853 Against $475,044
  17. September - October 2007 For $344,293 Against $743,467
  18. November - December 2007 For $457,050 Against $789,272
  19. January - February 2008 For $294,126 Against $578,700
  20. March - April 2008 For $500,178 Against $940,765
  21. May - June 2008 For $796,233 Against $1,141,908
  22. July - August 2008 For $407,991 Against $557,426
  23. September - October 2008 For $1,128,516 Against $1,373,755
  24. November - December 2008 For $220,548 Against $355,350
  25. January - February 2009 For $167,228 Against $425,417
  26. March - April 2009 For $548,397 Against $954,047
  27. May - June 2009 For $385,896 Against $1,241,564
  28. July - August 2009 For $301,324 Against $547,808
  29. September - October 2009 For $375,244 Against $1,017,039
  30. November - December 2009 For $296,921 Against $633,520
  31. January - February 2010 For $183,067 Against $388,774
  32. March - April 2010 For $480,121 Against $863,251
  33. May - June 2010 For $458,234 Against $945,827
  34. July - August 2010 For $240,220 Against $505,900
  35. September - October 2010 For $818,984 Against $880,460
  36. November - December 2010 For $147,292 Against $174,588

Votes

    8 Organizations Supported and 6 Opposed; See Which Ones

    Organizations that took a position on
    Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009

    8 organizations supported this bill

    American Dental Association
    (2009, October 13). ADA request letter to Sen. Conyers. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from .
    American Hospital Association
    (2009, October 14). AHA letter on H.R. 3596. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from .
    Automotive Service Association
    (2009, October 21). U.S. House Judiciary Committee Votes to Pass McCarran-Ferguson Repeal for Health Insurers. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from ASA News release.
    Center for American Progress
    Balto, David (2009, October 8). Testimony of David Balto at a Hearing on H.R. 3596, Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from House Committee on the Judiciary.
    Center for Justice & Democracy
    (2009, October 20). Consumer Groups Support H.R. 3596, the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act, 10/20/09.. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from .
    Consumer Federation of America
    (2009, October 14). TESTIMONY OF J. ROBERT HUNTER, DIRECTOR OF INSURANCE, CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from .
    Public Citizen
    (2009, October 20). Consumer Groups Support H.R. 3596, the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act, 10/20/09.. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from .
    U.S. PIRG
    (2009, October 20). Consumer Groups Support H.R. 3596, the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act, 10/20/09.. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from .

    6 organizations opposed this bill

    America's Health Insurance Plans
    Postal, Arthur D. (2009, October 8). AHIP: Save the Antitrust Exemption. National Underwriter. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from http://www.lifeandhealthinsurancenews.com/News/2009/10/Pages/AHIP-Save-The-Antitrust-Exemption.aspx.
    American Academy Of Actuaries
    Hurley, James D. (2009, October 8). Testimony of James D. Hurley at a Hearing on H.R. 3596, Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from House Committee on the Judiciary.
    California Orthopaedic Association
    Mandell, Peter J. (2009, October 8). Testimony of Peter J. Mandell at a Hearing on H.R. 3596, Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from House Committee on the Judiciary.
    National Association of Professional Insurance Agents
    (2009, October 27). PIA national grassroots alert- 3 key issues in congress. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from .
    Physician Insurers Association of America
    Powell, Lawrence S. (2009, October 14). Testimony of Lawrence S. Powell, Ph. D., at a Hearing on “Prohibiting Price Fixing and Other Anticompetitive Conduct in the Health Insurance Industry”. Retrieved December 2, 2009, from Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
    Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
    Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (2009, October 8). Testimony Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Retrieved December 2, 2009, from .

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    Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 111th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2010.
    Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Daniel K. AkakaDHI$49,050$40,300
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$131,150$189,700
    John BarrassoRWY$70,550$340,150
    Max BaucusDMT$274,225$761,017
    Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$58,352$165,550
    Mark BegichDAK$126,473$61,376
    Michael F. BennetDCO$206,392$154,813
    Bob BennettRUT$18,500$231,650
    Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$88,551$138,264
    Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$11,350$17,300
    Barbara BoxerDCA$440,731$127,669
    Sherrod BrownDOH$352,879$402,463
    Sam BrownbackRKS$750$4,850
    Jim BunningRKY$29,400$113,016
    Richard BurrRNC$191,039$638,996
    Roland BurrisDIL$750$250
    Robert ByrdDWV$187,395$24,900
    Maria CantwellDWA$112,674$123,635
    Ben CardinDMD$204,775$300,306
    Tom CarperDDE$58,996$288,680
    Bob CaseyDPA$348,805$262,862
    Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$169,559$521,461
    Tom CoburnROK$88,216$248,122
    William Thad CochranRMS$32,500$86,600
    Susan M. CollinsRME$81,850$353,817
    Gaylord Kent ConradDND$163,950$322,158
    Bob CorkerRTN$283,333$605,380
    John CornynRTX$234,178$767,344
    Mike CrapoRID$87,000$286,900
    Jim DeMintRSC$31,951$395,546
    Chris DoddDCT$97,650$720,350
    Byron DorganDND$31,700$95,500
    Dick DurbinDIL$231,350$259,401
    John EnsignRNV$88,400$280,062
    Mike EnziRWY$31,500$173,999
    Russ FeingoldDWI$439,078$144,925
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$146,339$135,400
    Al FrankenDMN$449,359$90,050
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$368,565$301,900
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$73,150$173,648
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$175,737$495,799
    Judd GreggRNH$6,250$20,450
    Kay R. HaganDNC$255,516$126,133
    Tom HarkinDIA$191,100$288,079
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$171,650$300,833
    Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$89,500$196,500
    Jim InhofeROK$34,250$136,531
    Dan InouyeDHI$53,550$66,000
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$128,156$368,600
    Mike JohannsRNE$24,257$217,900
    Tim JohnsonDSD$98,560$307,308
    Ted KaufmanDDE$0$0
    John F. KerryDMA$125,324$137,061
    Amy KlobucharDMN$127,149$165,950
    Herb KohlDWI$7,228$0
    Jon KylRAZ$210,649$608,075
    Mary L. LandrieuDLA$193,030$250,211
    Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$71,450$78,500
    George LeMieuxRFL$0$0
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$72,200$26,550
    Carl LevinDMI$156,707$117,185
    Joe LiebermanICT$163,106$445,094
    Blanche LincolnDAR$219,149$484,806
    Dick LugarRIN$30,150$67,100
    John McCainRAZ$70,277$209,429
    Claire McCaskillDMO$218,756$135,389
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$382,200$808,333
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$181,000$320,200
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$226,517$68,800
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$78,200$99,121
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$58,131$106,083
    Patty MurrayDWA$265,752$269,280
    Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$159,658$558,587
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$313,989$335,275
    Mark L. PryorDAR$45,950$190,300
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$39,850$283,600
    Harry ReidDNV$319,727$592,550
    Jim RischRID$30,100$78,250
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$111,900$300,500
    John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$127,950$161,874
    Bernie SandersIVT$233,235$19,658
    Chuck SchumerDNY$283,700$427,200
    Jeff SessionsRAL$66,700$208,560
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$247,485$100,823
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$47,050$363,900
    Olympia J. SnoweRME$73,925$193,485
    Arlen SpecterDPA$358,276$393,823
    Debbie StabenowDMI$279,553$330,173
    Jon TesterDMT$191,722$112,855
    John ThuneRSD$113,791$362,762
    Mark UdallDCO$314,534$207,483
    Tom UdallDNM$169,495$80,750
    David VitterRLA$150,350$433,641
    George VoinovichROH$38,300$126,800
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$231,886$329,250
    Jim WebbDVA$153,758$45,600
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$99,204$87,848
    Roger F. WickerRMS$100,100$327,375
    Ron WydenDOR$170,500$287,950

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    NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Daniel K. AkakaDHI$49,050$40,300
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$131,150$189,700
    John BarrassoRWY$70,550$340,150
    Max BaucusDMT$274,225$761,017
    Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$58,352$165,550
    Mark BegichDAK$126,473$61,376
    Michael F. BennetDCO$206,392$154,813
    Bob BennettRUT$18,500$231,650
    Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$88,551$138,264
    Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$11,350$17,300
    Barbara BoxerDCA$440,731$127,669
    Sherrod BrownDOH$352,879$402,463
    Sam BrownbackRKS$750$4,850
    Jim BunningRKY$29,400$113,016
    Richard BurrRNC$191,039$638,996
    Roland BurrisDIL$750$250
    Robert ByrdDWV$187,395$24,900
    Maria CantwellDWA$112,674$123,635
    Ben CardinDMD$204,775$300,306
    Tom CarperDDE$58,996$288,680
    Bob CaseyDPA$348,805$262,862
    Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$169,559$521,461
    Tom CoburnROK$88,216$248,122
    William Thad CochranRMS$32,500$86,600
    Susan M. CollinsRME$81,850$353,817
    Gaylord Kent ConradDND$163,950$322,158
    Bob CorkerRTN$283,333$605,380
    John CornynRTX$234,178$767,344
    Mike CrapoRID$87,000$286,900
    Jim DeMintRSC$31,951$395,546
    Chris DoddDCT$97,650$720,350
    Byron DorganDND$31,700$95,500
    Dick DurbinDIL$231,350$259,401
    John EnsignRNV$88,400$280,062
    Mike EnziRWY$31,500$173,999
    Russ FeingoldDWI$439,078$144,925
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$146,339$135,400
    Al FrankenDMN$449,359$90,050
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$368,565$301,900
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$73,150$173,648
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$175,737$495,799
    Judd GreggRNH$6,250$20,450
    Kay R. HaganDNC$255,516$126,133
    Tom HarkinDIA$191,100$288,079
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$171,650$300,833
    Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$89,500$196,500
    Jim InhofeROK$34,250$136,531
    Dan InouyeDHI$53,550$66,000
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$128,156$368,600
    Mike JohannsRNE$24,257$217,900
    Tim JohnsonDSD$98,560$307,308
    Ted KaufmanDDE$0$0
    John F. KerryDMA$125,324$137,061
    Amy KlobucharDMN$127,149$165,950
    Herb KohlDWI$7,228$0
    Jon KylRAZ$210,649$608,075
    Mary L. LandrieuDLA$193,030$250,211
    Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$71,450$78,500
    George LeMieuxRFL$0$0
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$72,200$26,550
    Carl LevinDMI$156,707$117,185
    Joe LiebermanICT$163,106$445,094
    Blanche LincolnDAR$219,149$484,806
    Dick LugarRIN$30,150$67,100
    John McCainRAZ$70,277$209,429
    Claire McCaskillDMO$218,756$135,389
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$382,200$808,333
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$181,000$320,200
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$226,517$68,800
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$78,200$99,121
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$58,131$106,083
    Patty MurrayDWA$265,752$269,280
    Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$159,658$558,587
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$313,989$335,275
    Mark L. PryorDAR$45,950$190,300
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$39,850$283,600
    Harry ReidDNV$319,727$592,550
    Jim RischRID$30,100$78,250
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$111,900$300,500
    John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$127,950$161,874
    Bernie SandersIVT$233,235$19,658
    Chuck SchumerDNY$283,700$427,200
    Jeff SessionsRAL$66,700$208,560
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$247,485$100,823
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$47,050$363,900
    Olympia J. SnoweRME$73,925$193,485
    Arlen SpecterDPA$358,276$393,823
    Debbie StabenowDMI$279,553$330,173
    Jon TesterDMT$191,722$112,855
    John ThuneRSD$113,791$362,762
    Mark UdallDCO$314,534$207,483
    Tom UdallDNM$169,495$80,750
    David VitterRLA$150,350$433,641
    George VoinovichROH$38,300$126,800
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$231,886$329,250
    Jim WebbDVA$153,758$45,600
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$99,204$87,848
    Roger F. WickerRMS$100,100$327,375
    Ron WydenDOR$170,500$287,950

    Interest Groups that supported this bill

    $ Donated
    Hospitals$6,542,911
    Democratic/Liberal$5,410,864
    Dentists$2,543,310
    Auto repair$101,018
    Human Rights$42,001
    Consumer groups$10,500

    Interest Groups that opposed this bill

    $ Donated
    Other physician specialists$9,258,273
    Insurance companies, brokers & agents$8,719,188
    Accident & health insurance$3,403,023
    Property & casualty insurance$2,270,750
    Insurance$561,248
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