Why Some Conservatives Are Targeting Healthcare Consolidation

The call to rein in giant healthcare corporations isn’t just coming from the left. Conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill are growing increasingly vocal with their own demands to crack down on consolidation and vertical integration in the industry, spurred on most recently by the Change Healthcare ransomware attack. A House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing last Tuesday regarding the incident — which has disrupted provider and payer operations for weeks — largely focused on cybersecurity. But frustration also boiled over at the size and scope of UnitedHealth Group and its subsidiary Optum, which bought Change in 2022 over the initial objections of the Justice Department. “The vertical integration is a travesty,” Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.), a pharmacist, said during the session.

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