It’s interesting to note that while the Aetna-Humana merger and its subsequent denial by federal regulators received attention, a second merger, one that impacts more patients, is receiving little notice.

Not that long ago a district court judge ruled that a merger between Cigna and Blue Cross would harm competition, hurt consumers, and actually hurt Cigna’s value. Just a few days later, the current administration nominated former Anthem lobbyist, Makan Delrahim to head the antitrust division of the Department of Justice.

This is more than putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Makan lobbied quite successfully on behalf of Blue Cross in the past. There’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t continue to do so.

What does Blue Cross want? A merger with Cigna.

In fact, in court, Anthem’s lawyer told the judge that the merger stands a chance under a new DOJ and that the vice president supported the merger when he was the governor of California.

And who would pay if this merger goes through? You.

What would the government do to protect you, the patient? Nothing.

Source: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170328/NEWS/170329919

Jeffrey Nordella M.D.
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Jeffrey Nordella M.D.

For over 25 years, Dr. Nordella has served patients in the Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley and has a long history of confronting the Anthem Blue Cross’ business practices which focus on profit instead of facilitating access to quality healthcare and treatment for patients. After a 10-year litigation history with Anthem, Dr. Nordella was successful in receiving a favorable judgment--something the LA Times stated had not been done by a solo practitioner in over 25 years. He is currently the Medical Director at Porter Ranch Quality Care in Porter Ranch, California.
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