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Munsterman Surrenders Under Federal Anti-Trust Investigation

Rep. Scott Munsterman
Rep. Scott Munsterman, trust-bustee?

We like our politicians to build trust.... but not the kind that draws anti-trust investigations. Rep. Scott Munsterman (R-7/Brookings) runs Chiropractic Associates of South Dakota. The Department of Justice sued Munsterman's outfit for using something like monopoly status since 1997 to stifle competition and drive up prices for South Dakotans who were already bent out of shape.

Munsterman has decided to quit fighting that lawsuit. If a federal judge approves a proposed settlement, CASD will stop negotiating reimbursement rates for its member chiropractors, who include four out of five South Dakota practitioners. Or, as Justice puts it, Munsterman's organization must stop "conspiring to raise fees."

Ah, trust busted, trust restored, right?


  1. Rorschach 2013.04.10

    So now we can put a face to our rising healthcare costs, other than that of President Obama. Good luck to Munsterman on his next bid for higher office.

  2. Truth justice and the American way 2013.04.10

    I seem to remember Munsterman and associates suing somebody over a letter to a newspaper raising questions about CASD

  3. grudznick 2013.04.10

    This is not good news.

  4. grudznick 2013.04.10

    I went to your link, Mr. H, and it is either not right or working the way you want it to because that took me to a place saying a new place would be there on April 1. It is after April 1. If your link on the web is right then Mr. Gant is way ahead of the back cracker association, isn't he?

  5. John 2013.04.11

    Thanks for keeping us informed, Cory. This is another example of republican corporate cronyism, their hate of the free market, capitalist system, preference for rigged markets, monopolies, and rigged outcomes.

  6. caheidelberger Post author | 2013.04.11

    Grudz, neither link has info; CASD appears to be revamping the website but hasn't yet published the update. When the new site comes online, I'll update links.

    John, I'm surprised this isn't a bigger deal. I would think anti-competitive practices to drive up health care prices for South Dakotans would drag a legislator down in the polls.

  7. Les 2013.04.11

    Isn't it wonderful. We've lost trillions to the banks and fraudulent repackaging of loans as well as the same banks manipulating the metals markets to known extremes and the justice dept is out in SD playing cops and robbers.
    Great catch Cory, in SD your example of this is SDEA.

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