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“It is en­cour­ag­ing that the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble an­titrust vi­o­la­tions by Part­ners Health­Care, the par­ent of Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Brigham and Women’s Hos­pi­tal. The mar­ket clout of Part­ners—and that of hos­pi­tals with geo­graphic mo­nop­o­lies, like Berk­shire Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Pitts­field—pushes rates up and con­trib­utes to an­nual in­creases in in­surance premi­ums that greatly ex­ceed the cost-of-liv­ing in­dex. That was one con­clu­sion of a re­port ear­lier this year by Mas­sachusetts At­tor­ney Gen­eral Martha Coak­ley.”

— Bos­ton Globe “You know those notices that An­them Blue Cross of Cal­i­for­nia sent out in Jan­uary to 800,000 Cal­i­for­ni­ans, an­nounc­ing rate in­creases of up to 39%? It was all a mis­take from your friendly in­surance car­rier. … Now, of course, An­them didn’t find these er­rors on its own. It ad­mit­ted them only af­ter an in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis found ‘nu­mer­ous and sub­stan­tial er­rors’ that would have led to ‘mas­sive and un­jus­ti­fied rate in­creases.’ … Trust­ing vol­un­tary ac­tion by in­sur­ers is not a so­lu­tion. No mat­ter what prof­its the in­surance com­pa­nies make, they will never be enough.”

— Fresno (Calif.) Bee

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