⚧ C.T.L.W. You figure it out
My Endo doc went over my blood work. "I see your estrogen level is now at 315, do you feel like you have too much Estrogen now?"
I told her "... N... N.. No..." and started crying.
2. You're also arguing against anti-trust actions in general; coupled with point #1, we get government for sale to the highest bidder with no restrictions on how large those bidders may become? No thanks.
“We feel the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for their mobile wireless services,” James Cole, the deputy U.S. Attorney General, said at a press c onference Wednesday morning. In making its case, the DOJ pointed to the crucial role T-Mobile has played in the mobile market as a low-cost alternative to many Americans. The complaint says AT&T and T-Mobile compete with each other in 97 of the 100 largest U.S. cellular marketing areas.
“T-Mobile has been an important source of competition among the national carriers, including through innovation and quality enhancements such as the roll-out of the first nationwide high-speed data network,” Sharis Pozen, acting assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ's antitrust division, said in a statement. “Unless this merger is blocked, competition and innovation will be reduced, and consumers will suffer.” [source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2011/08/31/report-doj-opposes-atts-t-mobile-usa-buy/]Fox Business]Can anyone think of one of these mega-mergers where any consumer or worker came out better for the deal? Or even just stayed the same? Other than the investment bankers that put it together, and the various corporate officer golden parachutes, of course . . . .
WellPoint is the largest Blue Cross Blue Shield member, and is a publicly traded company) (source).
Of course, the rub is that individual states have individual (and differing) regulations on what health insurers cover in their state, so outfits like BCBS generally maintain a corporate presence in each state and tailor their policies accordingly.
Are you suggesting that the federal government step in, override the states, and lay down nationwide uniform health insurance policy guidelines? A national health insurance exchange, of sorts? It would likely streamline things, but I think the 10th Amendment crowd might throw a few rocks at you....
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If the District Court in DC thinks the DOJ has a case, then the gov't will win. If not, then they'll rule in favor of AT&T. But even afterwards, AT&T will have the FCC to contend with.
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As to your point about whether or not the government should be involved in a firm's actions, there's still a solid basis in US antitrust law for a suit such as this. Anti-competitive behavior, including the formation of oligopolies, monopolies, duopolies, or otherwise, are still grounds for a lawsuit according to antitrust laws in this country.
Bell System divestiture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaAnti-trust laws prohibit agreements in restraint of trade, monopolization and attempted monopolization, anticompetitive mergers and tie-in schemes, and, in some circumstances, price discrimination in the sale of commodities.
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