Hillary Clinton says she doesn't want to see more consolidationin the health insurance industry, which is already dominated by ahandful of corporate giants.

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In a statement on Wednesday, the frontrunner for the Democraticpresidential nomination expressed skepticism of the proposedacquisitions of Cigna by Anthem and ofHumana by Aetna.

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Shareholders of the latter two companies voted to approve themerger on Monday, but both multi-billion dollar deals still must beapproved by federal regulators, a process that might not becomplete until next year.

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“These mergers should be scrutinized very closely with an eye topreventing the undue concentration that they appear to create,” shesaid. “The evidence from careful studies shows that too often thecompanies end up pocketing profits rather than passing savings toconsumers.”

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Insurance companies have suggested that the mergers will benefitconsumers by bolstering their ability to negotiate lower pricesfrom providers.

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Obviously, that's not something that excites providers, who arerepresented by powerful interest groups, such as the AmericanMedical Association and the American Hospital Association. Butconsolidation among providers is a significant issue as well. Arecent study found that areas in whichhospitals have bought doctor practices have experienced higher costincreases.

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On the sidelines, for now, are employers that are seeking toreduce health costs. In July, the National Business Group on Healthstated that it was watching the mergers with caution, hoping thatthe insurance industry's promise of savings comes true.

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And Republicans blame the mergers on the Patient Protection and Affordable CareAct, arguing that the taxes and regulations imposed bythe health care overhaul can only be braved by the biggestinsurers.

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“The Af­ford­able Care Act put in­to place in­cent­ives forin­surers to in­crease in size so that they can bet­ter man­agecosts and the heavy reg­u­lat­ory bur­den and op­er­a­tion­alcon­straints im­posed by the law," Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairmanof the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement provided tothe National Journal.

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