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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...

2014-08-04 16:26:13

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Six health insurance companies financing the No on Proposition 45 committee have donated $37.3 million through June 30, 2014 against the ballot measure to regulate health insurance rates in California, according to campaign finance reports filed recently with the Secretary of State. This is more than three times the $12 million refund returned to Californians for 2013 under a federal Affordable Care Act rule requiring 80% of...

2014-08-04 16:26:10

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The author of California's patient safety ballot measure Proposition 46 and a consumer advocate supporting the campaign called upon the California Medical Association and its president, Dr. Richard Thorp, to seriously discuss the somber reality of doctors with problems with substance addiction and abuse. Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46 who lost two children to a high driver who had been recklessly prescribed narcotics, and...

2014-07-22 16:26:57

November ballot first in years to be pro-consumer, not dominated by big money corporations SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dolores Huerta, the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and an icon of the labor and civil rights movements has endorsed Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative which will appear on the November 2014 California ballot. Huerta signed the argument in...

2014-07-02 16:24:22

Data Shows 1 Million Californians Faced Unreasonable Rates Totaling $253 Million SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and other citizens in the state capitol Wednesday to support Proposition 45, which requires health insurance companies to justify and get approval for rate hikes. Consumer Watchdog Campaign, the sponsor...

2014-05-12 08:38:27

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint asking the New York Joint Commission On Public Ethics to remove Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt from the state's Smart Schools Commission because of conflicts of interest that violate the state's Public Officials Law. "Schmidt's Commission participation raises the appearance of impropriety, compromises the integrity of the Commission, and provides Schmidt and Google...

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...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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