Should Connecticut's Insurance Commissioner Step Aside?
Controversy is growing around state Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade. She's in charge of reviewing a $54 billion health insurance merger between Anthem and Cigna, but she's also a former employee of one of the companies in question. Should she recuse herself from the case? And what has been therole in all this of Governor Dannel Malloy, who appointed Wade last year? This hour, we take a closer look with a panel of local and national reporters.
We also find out why California’s insurance commissioner is urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger.We discuss the impact on consumers and market competition, and we hear from you. Do you think states and the federal government should support the deal?
- Harriet Jones - Business reporter for WNPR
- David Sirota - Senior Editor for Investigations at the International Business Times
- Cheri Quickmire - Executive Director of Common Cause in Connecticut
- Matthew Katz - Executive Vice President and CEO of the Connecticut State Medical Society
- Chad Terhune - Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.