Andrew W. Gurman, the president of the American Medical Association, praised a federal ruling last week that blocked Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna, reports Healio.

“[This week’s ruling] … stopped in its tracks the creation of an immense corporate entity that would have been too big to regulate with virtually unlimited power over the health care of millions of consumers,” Gurman stated.

He said AMA anticipates future acquisition attempts like the Anthem-Cigna one, and the organization is prepared to fight when it deems appropriate.

“[We] will continue to vigorously oppose any health insurer mergers that will reduce competition and negatively impact physician markets and the quality of patient care,” Gurman stated.

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