Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
David Balto (Center for American Progress) Making Health Care Reform Work: Accountable Care Organizations and Competition.
ABSTRACT: Almost 40 years ago Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote that the antitrust laws are a “consumer welfare prescription.” In few markets is competition as important as health care. This nation’s yearlong debate on health care reform illuminated many faults and weaknesses in our health care system while highlighting the potential for meaningful reform to improve health care results and better control costs. This paper attempts to explain how antitrust enforcers need to fully embrace the results of that inquiry and realign priorities in order for antitrust enforcement to become a tool and not an obstacle to improving our health care system.