By Tom Kisken, SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
The drum beat pulses as loud as a heavy-metal band.
The chiropractor who expects her premiums to rise, the 60s-something company manager who has to pay for maternity coverage, the Simi Valley contractor and many others who make at least $46,000 a year - they all pound away at the same rhythm.
They say the middle class is once again getting...
By Leslie Scism & Timothy W. Martin, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Some Lower-Cost Plans Carry Steep Deductibles, Posing Financial Challenge
As enrollment picks up on the HealthCare.gov website, many people with modest incomes are encountering a troubling element of the federal health law: deductibles so steep they may not be able to afford the portion of medical expenses that insurance doesn't...
By Richard Chang, SACRAMENTO BEE
When you buy something at an outlet mall, do you know what you’re getting?
If you think it’s a top-quality, brand-name product at a deep discount, think again.
Ten years ago, that may have been true. But most brands now sell lesser-quality merchandise made just for their outlets.
Whether you’re still getting a good deal depends...
By Anthony York, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Propositions on malpractice lawsuits and tobacco taxes, among other issues, could lead to multimillion-dollar campaigns.
SACRAMENTO — While much of the country is gearing up for the holidays, political forces in Sacramento are girding for battle.
Already, special interests are lined up with plans that could shape next year's general...
By Melanie Mason, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Union's filing of two ballot measures after talks stalled shows how the initiative process can be used as a weapon, critics say.
SACRAMENTO — Duane Dauner, president of the California Hospital Assn., emailed the group's board in September with a warning:
The leader of the state's largest healthcare workers' union had told him...
By Jennifer Abel, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
The first price isn't the best price when you search online
There’s a common saying about social media and other Internet companies: “If you’re not paying them anything, you’re not their customer; you’re what they’re selling.”
So if you use web-based email or Facebook or Google or other free sites...
By Ginny Martin, SEARCHENGINELAND.COM
Consumer Watchdog has lodged a new complaint about Google’s “search monopoly” with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this time saying Google Shopping results don’t pass the sniff test. The group calls the way the search engine displays its Product Listing ads “deceptive and unfair”, adding that Google...
By Grant Gross, COMPUTERWORLD.COM
Google says its top Shopping results are clearly labeled as sponsored by merchants
The top product results in Google's Shopping service frequently feature products with higher prices than those listed on competing online shopping services, according to a complaint filed by longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog.
But Google said the top...
By Rebecca Grant, VENTUREBEAT.COM
You could be paying substantially more for products if you are searching through Google Shopping.
Consumer Watchdog issued a report today that said Google’s “search monopoly” allows the company to charge higher prices on its shopping search engine. The organization’s tests found that consumers would have paid more for eight...
By Robert Pear, THE NEW YORK TIMES
WASHINGTON — The White House is offering more money to insurance companies as an incentive for them to let people keep insurance policies that were to have been canceled next year.
The administration floated several proposals on Monday to “help offset the loss in premium revenue and profit” that it said might occur if insurers...