ACI Quoted in TR Daily Regarding Wireless Merger

The quote was in Monday (7/8/2013) night’s TR Daily article — FCC Approves SoftBank-Sprint-Clearwire Deals.  Here is the full quote:  Steve Pociask of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research commented, “the FCC’s approval of the merging of Softbank, Sprint, and Clearwire is a testament of the highly competitive nature of the wireless industry and […]

The “Plane” Truth about Bankruptcies and Mergers

American Airlines, one of the United States’ proudest and most recognized brands, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2011.  Seeing an opportunity to consolidate the industry and expand its footprint, US Airways has targeted the ailing airline for acquisition.  Exploiting American’s compromised position, US Airways has already forged contract agreements with three of […]

ACI Dispointed With FTC Decision, Urgers Legal Action

ACI Urges Legal Action to Block Mega-PBM Merger Says ESI/Medco Merger Will Increase Health Care Costs and Reduce Competition WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) today expressed disappointment in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decision not to block the merger between Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) and Medco Health Solutions […]

With the Merger Blocked, T-Mobile Now Disconnecting Jobs

There’s more bad news for T-Mobile in the wake of their failed merger with AT&T—they’ve recently announced they’ll be closing 7 call centers over the course of the next three months, eliminating 1,900 jobs in the process.  You would expect this to mean diminished customer service and longer wait times for consumers looking for tech […]

American Consumer Institute Distributes Compilation of Documents Expressing Concern About ESI/Medco Merger

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2012 American Consumer Institute Distributes Compilation of Documents Expressing Concern about ESI/Medco Merger Organization Urges People to Stand Up for American Consumers by Adding Voice   Washington, D.C. – The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) today released a compilation of documents expressing concern about the […]

An Analysis of Market Power in the PBM Market

Express Scripts and Medco, the two largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBMs), have proposed merging.  PBMs manage prescription drug plans for sponsors (corporations, governments and unions), acting as a middleman between the sponsors, drug manufacturers and pharmacies.  This ConsumerGram analyzes the nature of the market and the potential risks that may result from the merger.  To […]

The Power of Government over Competition

At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, when FCC regulatory chairman Julius Genachowski was asked about the FCC’s opposition to the now nixed AT&T/T-Mobile proposed merger, he replied that this was a “reminder of the benefits and power of competition.”  But his explanation of this point suggests that it is government that creates competition, not […]

ACI Sends Letter to FTC — PBM Merger Will Pose Anticompetitive Risks for Consumers

PDF VERSION IS AVAILABLE HERE — PCPAN_Letter_ACI to FTC   January 11, 2012 Chairman Jon Leibowitz Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20580   Dear Chairman Leibowitz: The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research is strongly opposed to the proposed merger between pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) Express Scripts, Inc. and Medco […]