This was originally posted in the Politico Pulse Newsletter on January 22, 2020.

Fourteen conservative groups are banding together to oppose any proposal that deploys a federal benchmark to resolve billing disputes between insurers and doctors — a solution physician and hospital groups have spent millions to also oppose, Rachel Roubein reports.

The newly formed Coalition Against Rate-Setting will argue that the policy is akin to federal price-fixing, contending it would lead to lower provider payments that could put some out of business. Supporters tout it as the solution that doesn’t inflate health care costs — and point out it’s included in a bipartisan, White-House backed deal from the Senate Health Committee chairman and House Energy and Commerce leaders.

About the coalition: Members include groups like the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Club for Growth, Heritage Action and FreedomWorks. They’re planning video and digital ads, but haven’t yet hammered out how much the coalition will spend, according to Grace Morgan, a spokesperson for TPA, which led the formation of the new group.

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