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Originally Posted by NoVaguy View Post

That wasn't my point - my point was the hit to those obamacare plans may not outweigh the hit to doctors and patients with non-obamacare plans if market consolidations were allowed to go through.

I am more universal health care by any means than wedded to single payer, although politically single payer would be easier to sustain as broad programs are usually easier to administer than complicated programs.

And I am even more pro antitrust law than anything else. Market consolidation pisses me off.

But some idiot here predicted market consolidation as an obvious fall out of the ACA but I seem to remember you were for it. Who could that have been predicted this?

Single payer is the ultimate antitrust/market consolidation situation, no?
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Its one thing if consolidation is by the weaker players, its another if its among the top players. Going from 5 to 3 is really problematic.

I'm surprised they even tried - DOJ/FTC have been cracking down on this among the top players, such as with AT&T and Tmobile.
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They probably figured it might get by the DOJ if closing down more exchanges would be the fallout. It's not over with yet, IMO, as Obama is in legacy mode and I'm sure leaving with a bunch of states that have no Obamacare exchange option is not what he wants.
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy View Post

Its one thing if consolidation is by the weaker players, its another if its among the top players. Going from 5 to 3 is really problematic.

I'm surprised they even tried - DOJ/FTC have been cracking down on this among the top players, such as with AT&T and Tmobile.

 

Perhaps it has something to do with the onerous one size fits all regulations for what a plan must be that prevents smaller companies from trying unique offerings that might compete.  When you can't differentiate your product, all you can do is compete on price, and the larger players benefit from scale.

 

Why is consolidation in this industry a problem?  If it is just a pricing game, two or three players keeps price pressures on the suppliers.

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