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Enforcing Reform Article

Enforcing Reform

David Balto argues in Modern Healthcare that a number of provisions in the recently passed health care bill will promote competition as long as they are enforced.

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Bring the FTC into the 21st Century Article

Bring the FTC into the 21st Century

David Balto discusses in The Hill that the Federal Trade Commission should receive a full range of powers to effectively protect consumers from deceptive and fraudulent conduct.

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One Cheer for Antitrust Article

One Cheer for Antitrust

David Balto comments at Billboard on the merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation, which was approved by the Justice Department in January.

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Make the Market Work for Health Care Article
A pedestrian walks past the headquarters of the health insurer Cigna Corp. in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Rourke)

Make the Market Work for Health Care

Eliminating the antitrust exemption is an important first step to allowing the lodestar of competition to guide health insurance markets, writes David Balto.

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Don’t Handicap the Reform: Protecting Integrated Care Systems Article

Don’t Handicap the Reform: Protecting Integrated Care Systems

Congress is preparing to finalize a health care bill for both chambers to consider. The purpose of healthcare reform is to increase the number of insured, improve the level of health care and reduce health care spending. Although there are many disputes in the health care debate, two issues seem clear. First, integrated health care systems, which combine payment and health care delivery, are superior in delivering high quality health care and controlling health care costs. Second, traditional health insurers that focus solely on payment dominate health insurance markets, resulting in escalating costs, higher premiums and the chronic problems of the uninsured.

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