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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
10/24/2014
By Judy Lin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two health care-related initiatives on the November ballot have generated more than $100 million in spending, with insurers and doctors leading the fight to defeat both, according to campaign finance reports filed late Thursday. Opponents of Proposition 45, led by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., Wellpoint Inc. and...
News Story
10/24/2014
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
With just over a week until election day, backers of Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative, are finally putting ads on television. Though their opponents have used a $55-million campaign war chest to flood the airwaves, Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica activist group that put the measure on the ballot, only has $1...
News Story
10/24/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
A total of $66 million has been raised in the battle over a November ballot initiative related to the state's cap on pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits and random drug testing of physicians, AP/U-T San Diego reports. Background on Prop. 46 Proposition 46 aims to improve patient safety by: Increasing the state's $...
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10/24/2014
Op-Ed Commentary by Carmen Balber, THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN
Students with parents who have health insurance can now stay on their plans until they are 26, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But when young people strike out on their own as app developers, artists, therapists, graphic designers or any other kind of entrepreneur looking to buy their own insurance, they will discover California is still the...
News Story
10/23/2014
By Michael Finney, KGO ABC TV-7 San Francisco, CA
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --A new poll out shows Proposition 45 may be headed for defeat. Prop 45 would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to veto rate increases on health insurance, just as he can now for auto insurance. Currently, only 39 percent of voters say they'll vote for it. The proposition asks voters if they think the...
News Story
10/23/2014
EDITORIAL by EGP NEWS (Spanish)
California Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 45—Healthcare Insurance. Rate changes, initiative statute.  This initiative requires the State Insurance Commissioner to approve rates and policy changes set by health insurance providers before they can be passed on to consumers. It will exempt large employers, but applies to the...
News Story
10/23/2014
By Yuval Rosenberg, THE FISCAL TIMES
Silicon Valley keeps playing the D.C. game. Tech and telecom giants including Google and Facebook spent millions on political lobbying in the three-month period from July to September, according to data released Tuesday. Google spent nearly $4 million on its efforts to win favor with lawmakers, up 17 percent over the same period last year (but...
News Story
10/23/2014
By Sharon Chen, FOX TV-5 San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO – A giant stink bomb was dropped outside the San Diego offices of Blue Shield Thursday by supporters of Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would require health insurance companies to disclose rate changes publically. A consumer “watchdog” group dumped a wheelbarrow-full of manure on the front door of Blue Shield...
News Story
10/23/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
On Wednesday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) called Anthem Blue Cross' premium increase for small business health plans "excessive," the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/22). Jones' office can review rate filings, but it does not have the authority to reject them. The 9.8%...
News Story
10/23/2014
By Martha Mendoza & Matt Sedensky, ASSOCIATED PRESS
DALLAS (AP) — Diplomas from outstanding medical schools. Records free of discipline. A team trusted by a president. For all the strengths of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola patient walked through its seemingly weakest link: the emergency room. Presbyterian met or exceeded 75 percent of 138 specific...