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Why We May Not Need Laws on Surprise Medical Bills (Guest: John Goodman)

September 9, 2019

John Goodman, founder of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, discusses the problem of outrageous surprise medical bills and solution that may already in place with the Federal Trade Commission.

There are two bills in the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support, both aim to hold patients harmless for surprise bills.  John Goodman, founder of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, discusses how the Alexander/Murray bill could cause more harm than good and how the Cassidy bill may be a better option because it incorporates something that does work: baseball style arbitration. The FTC, however, may be the best solution, says Goodman because there is strong case for unlawful false advertising by insurers/hospitals. 

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.
amschieber@heartland.org @HCPolicy