The Coalition Against Rate-Setting is an alliance of like-minded organizations that recognizes the perils of bureaucrats setting prices in the American healthcare system.

The Coalition stands in opposition to rate-setting proposals by lawmakers and understands that price-fixing is no solution to the pressing problem of surprise medical billing.

The Coalition also seeks to educate members of Congress and patients about the unintended consequences of government meddling in medical decisions and present the perspectives of doctors and patients to policymakers.

The Coalition Against Rate-Setting is an alliance of like-minded organizations that recognizes the perils of bureaucrats setting prices in the American healthcare system.

The Coalition stands in opposition to rate-setting proposals by lawmakers and understands that price-fixing is no solution to the pressing problem of surprise medical billing.

The Coalition also seeks to educate members of Congress and patients about the unintended consequences of government meddling in medical decisions and present the perspectives of doctors and patients to policymakers.

Our Principles

As a coalition of taxpayer and consumer groups representing millions of Americans, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting recognizes that:
  • The free market, and not government, is best suited to deliver quality healthcare to Americans.
  • The federal government has a lengthy history of interfering in healthcare, making the problems it seeks to solve even worse.
  • Obamacare has led to a systematic narrowing of insurance networks, resulting in many patients receiving surprise medical bills.
  • Attempts by state governments such as California to micromanage healthcare and set rates have proven disastrous for patients, leading to the closure and consolidation of countless practices

Latest News

Pegasus Institute Podcast: “The Problem With Price Controls in Healthcare with Wayne Winegarden of Pacific Research Institute”

Republicans and Democrats have continued to struggled to find common ground on what should be in the next round of coronavirus relief. More for schools? For state and local governments? The negotiations have seemed to stall for now, but one thing legislators must stay away from as they aim for a final draft is price controls. Price controls, or benchmarking, would be a disaster for America’s healthcare industry. Rural hospitals already operating with razor thin margins would be forced to close and many Americans would lose reliable healthcare access. So, what should be in the final coronavirus relief package? We know one thing that shouldn’t – price controls.

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Coalition Releases Video Warning Against Healthcare Rate-Setting

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) released a video featuring free-market analysts and activists urging lawmakers to reject healthcare rate-setting. The video’s release comes almost exactly one month after a letter signed by more than 160 economists warned that government interference in healthcare via price-controls “would hurt access to care, especially for patients in rural areas.” Despite these warnings, lawmakers such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) are considering capping doctors’ pay as a part of the next phase of Coronavirus-related relief legislation during a time when doctors and nurses are being lauded for their heroic work in treating COVID-19 patients.

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Economists Urge Lawmakers to Reject Healthcare Rate-Setting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) released a letter signed by more than 160 economists opposing healthcare rate-setting in any legislation, especially any potential forthcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. In the letter, the economists warn that, “No matter the policy area, government price controls often result in shortages and market distortions. These outcomes should be avoided, especially when dealing with important health care services like emergency room visits and physician care.” The economists’ letter is timely given reports that Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) want to insert healthcare price-fixing into “Phase 4” Coronavirus relief legislation.

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Growing National Healthcare Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Bureaucratic Price Controls in Next Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Coalition Against Rate-Setting (CARS) urged Congress to keep the next Coronavirus relief bill clean and reject any attempts by lawmakers to institute rate-setting (price controls) as a way to “fix” surprise medical billing. Surprise medical billing occurs when patients discharged from an in-network hospital receive an out-of-network bill from an attending doctor. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) have indicated their willingness to insert rate-setting into the next relief bill to address this issue, despite well-documented evidence on the harms of healthcare price controls. CARS, a nationwide coalition of free market and consumer groups has doubled in membership from 14 in January to 29 today. A full listing of the organizations in CARS can be found here.

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