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The House of Representatives did something thoroughly bipartisan with health care today. They voted, 406-19, to strip the health insurance industry of the exemption from federal antitrust laws that they have had since the passage of the McCarran-Ferguson Act in 1945.

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TPM reports on an emerging strategy for corporations that want to use the recent Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling to funnel unlimited amounts of cash to congressional candidates without having to reveal their identity and expose themselves to public backlash. But there is already a bill in Congress to thwart the strategy.

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If Democrats can't pass a politically popular bill that doesn't rock the boat, what can they pass? A couple weeks ago, Donny highlighted a bill (H.R.3596) that would revoke the exemption the health insurance and medical malpractice industries enjoy from federal antitrust laws. This measure is part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's [D, CA-8] “Plan B” strategy of passing smaller, popular health-care-related bills to build momentum for the big health care reform bill (H.R.3590). The health insur...

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About that Health Care Antitrust Bill…

February 4, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

With health care reform stalled, Nancy Pelosi is starting "Plan B" next week by bringing a series of smaller, stand-alone health care-related bills to the floor for votes. She's hoping that passing these smaller bills will help build back some momentum towards passing the comprehensive health care reform bill in the near future.

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Alan Grayson: PAC-Buster

January 29, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

In response to the Supreme Court's recent Citizens United decision, Rep. Alan Grayson [D, FL-8] has proposed a suite of bills that he is calling the "Save Our Democracy" platform. One of them, which would make antitrust laws applicable to corporate political action committees, is actually gaining momentum.

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