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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

News Story
9/22/2014
By Staff Writers, CLASS ACTION REPORTER
Cristin Severance, writing for ABC10News, reports that a woman called Team 10 after fighting for months to get repaid thousands of dollars by her insurance company. Laura Schove of Carlsbad said she paid out-of-pocket for a procedure to help her continue to walk and function because she was never given an insurance card.  Ms. Schove has had...
News Story
9/20/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Tort reform," which is usually billed as the answer to "frivolous malpractice lawsuits," has been a central plank in the Republican program for healthcare reform for decades.  The notion has lived on despite copious evidence that that the so-called defensive medicine practiced by doctors merely to stave off lawsuits accounts...
News Story
9/20/2014
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Is health insurance in California affordable? Not if you buy your own health insurance and don’t get a federal subsidy. Health insurance premiums in California have risen five times faster than the rate of inflation over the last decade. Recently, $250 million in proposed rate increases for individuals and small businesses were deemed...
News Story
9/20/2014
By Ric Romero, KABC TV-7 Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A new television advertisement that will be seen in the Los Angeles area in the coming weeks urges support for Proposition 46, which calls for random drug and alcohol testing for physicians and would raise the malpractice lawsuit cap from $250,000 to $1.1 million. The ad is from Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based...
News Story
9/18/2014
By John Wildermuth, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
A years-long battle between doctors and trial lawyers is coming down to Proposition 46 on the November ballot, leaving voters to sift through a mass of conflicting claims in an effort to pick the winner in what will be the most expensive race of the fall. That's not the way the two sides describe it, though. For supporters of the measure...
News Story
9/18/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
Opponents of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the state’s elected insurance commissioner to regulate health insurance rates have launched their first TV ad, claiming that the proposal would disrupt the health exchange and give too much power to a single politician. Following is text of the ad and analysis by Christopher Cadelago...
News Story
9/15/2014
By David Mills, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS TIMES
The San Francisco 49ers' financial health is being aided by two not-for-profit health insurers. Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own luxury suites at Levi's Stadium that go for at least $2.5 million apiece, according to a story in the Matier & Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Dignity Health,...
News Story
9/15/2014
By Staff Writers, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL
San Francisco-based Dignity Health, which operates Mercy hospitals in the Sacramento region, is attracting some criticism for spending money on Levi's Stadium. In Sunday's Chronicle, Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross report that the nonprofit health system not only has a luxury suite, costing at least $2.5 million, but also paid for naming...
News Story
9/15/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative to increase medical malpractice awards blasted a Los Angeles County supervisor Monday for scheduling a board vote to oppose the measure after a group he founded accepted a $75,000 donation from opponents. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called for the vote Tuesday, three months after the...
News Story
9/14/2014
By Victoria Pelham, THE DESERT SUN
The Coachella Valley is becoming a political battleground for a controversial health care ballot initiative that would raise the cap on medical malpractice damages and require drug and alcohol testing of doctors. Supporters of Proposition 46 include U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a prominent Rancho Mirage Democrat. They say the measure would improve...