March 8, 2017

The House Republican Obamacare replacement plan was finally revealed on Tuesday, and after years of promising The American People something better, we can now say with certainty that was mostly empty rhetoric. The GOP answer to healthcare, now known as the American Hea...

February 28, 2017

President Trump met with health insurance CEOs at the White House Monday to discuss the future of insurance, largely vis a vis Obamacare. In attendance were chiefs from UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana, Independence Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente and Blu...

December 31, 2016

  • DOJ tried to drive home that while the industry at hand in this case is complex, the case has a simple antitrust answer. The presumption of unlawfulness was too much for Aetna to overcome. There may be alternatives, divestitures, and regulation, but the central que...

December 22, 2016

On December 21, a report was released by Senators Susan Collins and Claire McCaskill, the respective Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee. The report, entitled “Sudden Price Spikes in Off-Patent Prescription Drugs: The Monopoly Business Model that...

December 7, 2016

We have been looking back at recent antitrust cases for clues about how to contextualize the health insurance mergers of Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna. When reading about the case of Whole Foods-Wild Oats, it’s hard not to notice similarities to Aetna around th...

December 6, 2016

DOJ, Aetna, Humana Opening Arguments

December 5, 2016

U.S. District Court for District of Columbia

Judge John Bates

DOJ Opening Argument, Craig Conrath:

DOJ presented its case on behalf of seniors who would be harmed by the effects of this merger. Seniors, lower income peop...

December 5, 2016

Politics could enter the courtroom again tomorrow as the U.S. District Court takes up the merger case of United States v. Aetna and Humana, just as it did with the ongoing Anthem case that began on November 21. While the political allusion in Anthem centered around the...

December 2, 2016

Anthem called its key expert economist, Dr. Mark Israel, to the stand today to discuss competitive effects of the still-possible merger with Cigna. Dr. Israel, Senior Managing Director at Compass Lexecon, presented his findings in direct contrast to Professor David Dra...

November 30, 2016

This week’s testimony in the merger trial of Anthem and Cigna has been more focused on innovation than the first week, which largely laid groundwork about the companies and the market. David Dranove, a prominent health care economist and the DOJ’s key expert economist,...

November 30, 2016

Testimony from Anthem CEO Joe Swedish and Cigna CEO David Cordani has been unsealed following a request from Judge Jackson for greater transparency from the parties. The companies originally wanted testimony sealed to protect sensitive business information from being g...

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