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2014-10-02 16:20:42

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today challenged the idea that widespread use of fully autonomous or driverless cars is imminent, and urged the state Insurance Commissioner to focus on immediate consumer concerns of auto safety and privacy. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also rejected insurance industry arguments that California Proposition 103's consumer protections would not be necessary as vehicles become automated....

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...

2014-09-11 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...

2014-08-19 20:22:52

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical malpractice and health insurance companies have given $45 million, or 77%, of the $58 million to the campaign against Proposition 46 as they rake in profits at the expense of doctor and patient policyholders, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The No on 46 campaign released its first ads this week, claiming Prop 46's legal protections for victims of medical negligence will raise doctors' malpractice insurance...

2014-08-06 16:28:31

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Proposition 45 is projected to bring up to $1 billion per year - $612 per family - in savings to California consumers reeling from years of devastating health care premium increases, according to a new analysis released by Consumer Watchdog today. "Californians are being overcharged hundreds of millions of dollars for their health insurance because no one in California can say no to health insurance companies' excessive rate...

2014-05-08 16:26:28

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The four big health insurance companies that control 94% of customers on California's health care exchange paid $50,000 for a deceptive study, released today, designed to scare voters away from passing an initiative that will mean big savings for consumers, consumer advocates said today. The initiative will require health insurance companies to open their books and justify their rates under penalty of perjury. Consumer Watchdog...

2014-05-06 16:32:11

OAKLAND, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a rally and press conference today, Kaiser nurses and consumer advocates exposed the fact that Kaiser Permanente has accumulated a reserve that is $21.7 billion - 1626 percent - more than required by the state, while cutting patient care services and raising premiums on consumers. ? ? The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which has 85,000 California members, also announced its endorsement of a measure that will...

2014-04-30 16:29:56

National Institute On Money In State Politics Releases New Graphic Showing $315 Million In Total Political Giving By The CA Medical Industry, 2002-12 SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California medical insurance industry has committed $110 million to three November 2014 ballot initiative campaigns, half of the amount it gave to ballot initiatives during the entire previous decade and over one-third of the industry's total political giving on California...

2014-01-31 16:23:28

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint have given $12.9 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, like the increase of up to 25% Anthem proposes for over 306,000 Californians on April 1. If approved on this November's ballot, the measure will allow the state insurance commissioner to order refunds to consumers of excessive...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.