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02-HR3897 on Mar 7, 2002

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: limiting anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers
Source: Health Care Antitrust Improvements Act (H.R.3897)
  • Delineates the relationship between the antitrust laws and negotiations between groups of health care professionals and health plans and health care insurance issuers.
  • Applies the "rule of reason" standard to negotiations between a health plan and two or more physicians.
  • Awards attorneys' fees to a substantially prevailing plaintiff only when the defendant's conduct was unreasonable or in bad faith.
  • Prohibits tying arrangements (linking the participation in one product line to participation in another) between a health plan and health care professional.
  • Excludes from this Act any negotiations or agreements including Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, or other federal programs.


    Congress finds the following:
  1. A large number of Americans receive their health care coverage from managed health care plans.
  2. The market power of insurance companies has increased tremendously since the early 1990's, due to mergers and acquisitions.
  3. Health plans improperly manipulate the practice of medicine through such mechanisms as inappropriately making medical necessity determinations, and knowingly denying and delaying payment.
  4. The intent of the antitrust laws is to encourage competition and protect the consumer, and the current per se standard for enforcing the antitrust laws in the health care field frequently does not achieve these objectives.
  5. An application of the "rule of reason" will tend to promote both competition and high-quality patient care.
  6. In any action under the antitrust laws challenging a health plan, conduct shall not be deemed illegal per se, but shall be judged on the basis of its reasonableness, taking into account all relevant factors affecting competition and proposed contract terms.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary; never called for a House vote.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Question 5: Expand ObamaCare Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill limiting anti-trust suits on HMOs & insurers (Score: -1)

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Democrats participating in 02-HR3897

Rob Andrews s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
Shelley Berkley s1oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Marion Berry s1oArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Sanford Bishop s1oGeorgia Democrat 
David Bonior s1oMichigan Democrat 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Bud Cramer s1oAlabama Democrat (Retired 2008) 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Martin Frost s1oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Gene Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Tony Hall s1oOhio Democrat (until 2002) 
Tim Holden s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Jerry Kleczka s1oWisconsin Democrat (Until 2004) 
John LaFalce s1oNew York Democrat/Ind./Lib. (Until 2004 
Jim Maloney s1oConnecticut Democrat (retired) 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Nick Rahall s1oWest Virginia Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Lynn Nancy Rivers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Max Sandlin s1oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Vic Snyder s1oArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Charles Stenholm s1oTexas Democrat 
Jim Turner s1oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 

Republicans participating in 02-HR3897

Roscoe Bartlett s1oMaryland Republican 
Tom Davis s1oVirginia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Nathan Deal s1oGA Republican Governor 
Jimmy Duncan s1oTennessee Republican 
Ernie Fletcher s1oKentucky Republican 
Mark Foley s1oFlorida Republican 
Greg Ganske s1oIA Former Republican Nominee (2002) 
Steve Horn s1oCalifornia Republican 
Johnny Isakson s1oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Ernest Istook s1oOklahoma Republican 
Sue Kelly s1oNew York Republican (until 2007) 
Jim Kolbe s1oArizona Republican 
Tom Latham s1oIowa Republican 
Charlie Norwood s1oGeorgia Republican 
Ron Paul s1oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Bob Riley s1oAL Former Republican Governor (until 2010) 
Marge Roukema s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Clay Shaw s1oFlorida Republican 
John Shimkus s1oIllinois Republican 
Christopher Smith s1oNew Jersey Republican 
John Thune s1oSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Dave Weldon s1oFL Republican Senate Challenger (Lost primary) 
Joe Wilson s1oSouth Carolina Republican 

Independents participating in 02-HR3897

Brad Carson s1oOK 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 
John Cooksey s1oLA 2004 former Republican Nominee 
Virgil Goode s1oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 
Joseph Hoeffel s1oPA 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 31
Republicans: 23
Independents: 4

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