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2014-09-20 16:21:11

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three Northern California newspapers have endorsed Proposition 45, comparing it to California's landmark insurance reform initiative Proposition 103 that has saved drivers tens of billions of dollars over the last 25 years and ensured some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation. "Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same goal for health insurance, as 35 other states already do. Voters...

2014-09-17 16:24:32

Woman Speaks Out About Fiancee's Preventable Death At Hands Of Doctor With Crack Cocaine History SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering substance abuser who is at the White House today for National Recovery Month, stars in a new television ad supporting Proposition 46 that consumer advocates released today. Consumer advocates were also joined by a Los Angeles woman who spoke out after losing her fiancée because of a preventable error in...

2014-09-11 16:24:40

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding from voters in deceptive new campaign advertising that violates disclosure laws and should be pulled from the radio, said Consumer Watchdog. Campaign disclosure law requires initiative committees to disclose the economic interests of their largest donors. The No on 45 committee never identifies...

2014-09-11 16:24:21

DANVILLE, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46, called on California television and radio stations to recall No on 46 ads because they mislead voters by claiming "patients" instead of insurance companies are behind the campaign. Pack filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission that No on 46 has violated California campaign disclosure laws requiring campaign committees disclose the economic or other special...

2014-09-04 16:24:44

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog said today that a one-minute radio advertisement released by health insurance companies opposed to Prop 45's health insurance rate regulation provisions fraudulently misrepresents the advertisement's backers, the ballot measure, and the current state of the law governing regulation of health insurance. The advertisement deceptively obscures the insurance industry's funding for the commercial and confuses the...

2014-09-03 16:29:21

First Prop 46 Campaign Ad Released Featuring Senator Boxer and Children Lost to Medical Malpractice SAN FRANSISCO, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Senator Barbara Boxer stood with mothers who lost their children to medical negligence in calling on California voters to support for the patient safety protections in Proposition 46. The campaign supporting Prop 46 also released an ad featuring Barbara Boxer. See the Barbara Boxer ad here:...

2014-08-27 20:25:17

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users' search data because the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members. In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Consumer Watchdog, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the...

2014-08-26 08:28:31

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog has filed formal comments calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable because the deal "is not at all in the public interest." "The consolidation of the largest cable television providers would create a media juggernaut that would stifle completion and hurt consumers who would ultimately pay higher prices for even worse service," wrote...

2014-08-25 16:21:20

Top Toxics Regulator, Backed by Industry, is Working to Eviscerate Key Provisions of SB 812 SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice today asked Governor Jerry Brown and California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez to reject an attack by the state's top toxics regulator--the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)--on key reform legislation authored by Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los...

2014-08-19 20:24:25

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to news of Blue Shield's new $2.5 - $8 million luxury skybox at the 49ers' new stadium, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris asking for an investigation of "Blue Shield's abuse of its non-profit status" and for immediate steps to "block any additional wasteful spending that robs taxpayers and average California patients of their financial health." November ballot...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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