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AMA president denounces proposed Anthem-Cigna merger

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The president of the American Medical Association has denounced Anthem’s proposed $54 billion purchase of Cigna. The AMA is worried that the bargaining power of such a behemoth would cut into physicians’ pay.

“Competition and choice hang in balance as the court begins to weigh the impact of the proposed deal between Anthem and Cigna,” Andrew Gurman, M.D., said. ¬†“The start of today’s court challenge {the Justice Department suit against the proposed merger} sends a clear message that federal and state regulators are no longer willing to accept the claim that a bigger health insurance company is a better one.”

Indianapolis-based Anthem and Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna have argued that their combined scale would, by giving  them more negotiating power over hospitals and physicians, lower prices for policyholders.

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