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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/30/2018 02:24 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/30/2018 10:22 PM
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Attorney General Becerra Sues Sutter Health for Anti-Competitive Practices

Sacramento, CA...California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the filing of a lawsuit against Sutter Health, the largest hospital system in Northern California, for anticompetitive practices that result in higher healthcare costs for Northern Californians. The action aims to stop Sutter Health from unlawful conduct under state antitrust laws and restore competition in the California healthcare market.




“Sutter Health is throwing its weight around in the healthcare market, engaging in illegal, anticompetitive pricing that hurts California families,” said Attorney General Becerra. “These tactics are risking Californians’ lives by driving up the cost of healthcare for everyone. Big business should not be able to throttle competition at the expense of patients. The California Department of Justice is dedicated to ensuring that all families in our state can access quality, affordable healthcare no matter where they live.”

The complaint alleges that Sutter Health engaged in anticompetitive behavior. These illegal practices resulted in higher prices for health care in Northern California by:

Establishing, increasing and maintaining Sutter Health's power to control prices and exclude competition;
Foreclosing price competition by Sutter Health’s competitors; and
Enabling Sutter Health to impose prices for hospital healthcare services and ancillary products that far exceed the prices it would have been able to charge in an unconstrained, competitive market.
The complaint also alleges that the excess profits Sutter Health received from illegal pricing practices went toward waves of acquisitions, extreme levels of executive compensation, and financing its own insurance arm.

Sutter Health consists of at least 24 acute care hospital facilities, 31 ambulatory surgery centers, nine cancer centers, six specialty care centers, nine major physician organizations, 8,200 physicians and 48,000 employees located in 19 counties in Northern California. Sutter Health also negotiates contracts on behalf of a variety of other affiliated physician groups, the largest being the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

In California, multi-county hospital systems have charged higher prices for their services than other providers. Earlier this week, Attorney General Becerra called for action in light of a new report by University of California Berkeley’s Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare. The report documents how the rapid consolidation of healthcare markets in California has led to rising healthcare costs for consumers throughout the state. Market consolidation in Northern California was especially glaring. The cost of the average inpatient hospital procedure in Northern California $223,278 exceeded that in Southern California $131,586 by more than $90,000.

Attorney General Becerra has made it a priority to protect consumers and to keep California markets competitive. Among other actions, the Attorney General compelled Cottage Health System and its affiliated hospitals in California to implement important safeguards to protect patient medical records in a recent settlement. Attorney General Becerra stopped further consolidation in California’s gasoline market by preventing petroleum refiner Valero from acquiring the last independent oil distribution terminal in Northern California in 2017. And he joined a federal lawsuit to charge six generic drug-makers with an illegal conspiracy to increase prices for important pharmaceuticals.

A copy of the complaint, as well as a fact sheet on the complaint, are attached to the press release.

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WHAT!?!?
Posted on: 2018-03-30 14:41:00   By: Anonymous
 
Obamacare nearly destroyed health care providers, leaving about two or three groups standing.
Now state Democrats want to kill off those remaining providers for non-competitive practices??
Who are you supposed to compete with in a field the Democrats eliminated?
Becerra is the destructive idiot of Brown and Pelosi, et al.

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Posted on: 2018-03-30 14:53:10   By: Anonymous
     
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Posted on: 2018-03-30 15:58:18   By: Anonymous
       
      Becbeaner is a commie rat

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        Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
        Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:21:31   By: Anonymous
         


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        Profanity
        Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:21:50   By: Anonymous
         
        Profanity

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      Profanity
      Posted on: 2018-03-30 16:24:57   By: Anonymous
       
      FOLLOW YOUR LEADER

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        Profanity
        Posted on: 2018-03-30 16:26:39   By: Anonymous
         
        Profanity

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          Profanity
          Posted on: 2018-03-30 17:22:26   By: Anonymous
           
          Well he's a stud for sure then. It's too bad for you the Gentlemen's club in Jamestown burned up.
          I wonder what lesbian club your princess Hillary hangs out in?
          Doesn't really matter to me. President Trump has the Wall going up and that was the ONLY REASON I voted for him.
          The man had HUGE STONES and that's the reason he won.

          For once in my 72 years, a BIG THANK YOU to the Republicans

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            BIG BLUE WAVE
            Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:29:11   By: Anonymous
             
            THE BIG BLUE TSUNAMI TIDAL WAVE IS COMING TO WASH ALL THE RED STENCH AND SEWAGE FROM THE COUNTRY AND SEND IT WHERE IT WILL BE DILUTED BY THE BIG BLUE SEA.



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            Re: Profanity
            Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:56:36   By: Anonymous
             
            Boy you sound like a sissy to me. If I’d know your mama I’d kick her in the gut. In my 94 years I can smell sissys like you.

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              Re: Profanity
              Posted on: 2018-03-31 06:08:32   By: Anonymous
               
              Don't know any kind of guys who like sniffing another man's ass crack
              You might wanna head back down to SF there butt boy

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              Re: Profanity
              Posted on: 2018-03-31 07:18:46   By: Anonymous
               
              Grandpa, those are your undies you're smelling, unfortunately we're all smelling them.

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        Profanity
        Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:17:42   By: Anonymous
         
        Profanity

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        Profanity
        Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:24:00   By: Anonymous
         
        Profanity

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          Profanity
          Posted on: 2018-03-31 07:21:28   By: Anonymous
           
          Said the lover of Monika Lewinsky's former boyfriend's wife.

          Regards,

          Paula Jones

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      Profanity
      Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:21:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Profanity

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        Profanity
        Posted on: 2018-03-31 07:24:11   By: Anonymous
         
        Said the lover of Monika Lewinsky's former boyfriend's wife.

        Regards,

        Paula Jones

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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Posted on: 2018-03-31 07:19:12   By: Anonymous
       
      I'll second that motion

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    Profanity
    Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:25:46   By: Anonymous
     
    Profanity

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    Re: WHAT!?!?
    Posted on: 2018-03-30 21:38:29   By: Anonymous
     
    That spic has some cajones though

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-30 16:25:51   By: Anonymous
 
Xavier Becerra needs to move to Mexico where ignorance is bliss. Mexico would be a good fit for him as his peers share his admiration for authoritative government controlling individual rights. The only choice Becerra believes in is the murdering of defenseless unborn children. This is not surprising since he has a major case of the Napoleon syndrome, acting like a big man while he has an army of gun toting guards around him. If this guy was to walk on his own two feet he would need a case of pampers just to get across the street.

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    Profanity
    Posted on: 2018-03-30 16:29:53   By: Anonymous
     
    Profanity

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      Profanity
      Posted on: 2018-03-30 16:41:54   By: Anonymous
       
      Your garage must be full of pampers the way you hide behind the digital blind.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-30 16:34:30   By: Anonymous
 
This mutant, along with Brown proves an education won't make you smart. Kinda like our current BOS,s. Vote Republican, straight across the board this next election. Get these dumb F**** outta office !

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    Profanity
    Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:18:56   By: Anonymous
     
    Profanity

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-30 16:35:09   By: Anonymous
 
Good. Put these money grabbing health providers on blast. Universal health care is going to happpen whether you want it to or not. If if you don’t, keep watching your healthcare sky rocket in cost.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-03-30 17:48:33   By: Anonymous
     
    “Universal Health Care” decoded – Force my neighbor to pay for my health care.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-03-30 18:57:54   By: Anonymous
       
      We let the government take our money for a bloated military. Why not health care?

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