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David Balto, JD Biography

Former Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"

“If one fact is clear after over a year of comprehensive examination of the country’s health care system, it is that health insurance markets are simply not functional. The essential elements of a competitive market are choice and transparency, and both of these are lacking in private, non-group health insurance markets…

A report by Health Care for America Now found that two firms control at least 50 percent of the market in 39 states, and a single firm controls at least 75 percent of the market in nine others…

This lack of choice and transparency caused the market for health insurance to simply stop working for American consumers…

The health reform law provides the tools to restore competition and consumer protection in health insurance markets.”

“Making Health Care Competition Work,”, June 25, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Attorney, Law Offices of David Balto
  • Former Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., 2004-2009
  • Partner, White & Case, 2001-2004
  • Policy Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 1998-2001
  • Attorney Advisor to Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition Chairman Robert Pitofsky, 1995-1997
  • Attorney, Transportation and Energy Section, US Department of Justice
  • Special Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Washington, DC
  • Attorney, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan
  • Honors Law Graduate, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice
  • JD, Northeastern University School of Law, 1983
  • BA, University of Minnesota, 1972
  • Is the only person to twice win the Federal Trade Commission’s award for outstanding scholarship
Quoted in:
  1. Does Obamacare encourage health insurance competition?