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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
10/22/2014
By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES
In the final days of a battle over Proposition 45, California's insurance commissioner criticized Anthem Blue Cross for an "excessive" rate hike affecting 120,000 people with small-business health coverage. Dave Jones, the state's elected insurance commissioner, said Anthem had failed to justify its 10% average rate increase and...
News Story
10/21/2014
By MIchael R. Blood, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Voters could make California the first state to require many doctors to submit to random drug and alcohol tests, a safeguard that has long been in place for pilots, police officers and others who must stay clear-eyed on the job. While supporters are promoting that aspect of Proposition 46, it is not the initiative’s most contentious...
News Story
10/21/2014
By Melanie Mason, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A ballot initiative that pits lawyers against doctors has set off one of this year's fiercest campaign wars, a costly clash over increasing state limits on malpractice damages and imposing drug testing on physicians. Proposition 46 would raise the cap on pain-and-suffering awards in malpractice lawsuits and require that hospitals randomly test...
News Story
10/21/2014
Host: Larry Mantle, AIRTALK - KPCC 89.3 FM Pasadena, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. A hotly contested ballot issue this November is Proposition 46 focusing on medical malpractice suits and doctor drug-testing, pushed forward by Robert and Carmen Pack. The couple's two children, Troy and Alana, were killed by an intoxicated driver who'd been prescribed a plethora...
News Story
10/21/2014
Host: Larry Mantle, AIRTALK - KPCC 89.3 FM Pasadena, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. A hotly contested ballot issue this November is Proposition 46 focusing on medical malpractice suits and doctor drug-testing, pushed forward by Robert and Carmen Pack. The couple's two children, Troy and Alana, were killed by an intoxicated driver who'd been prescribed a plethora...
News Story
10/21/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Four California insurers have contributed a total of more than $12 million over five days to efforts to defeat a November ballot initiative related to health insurance rate regulation, the Los Angeles Times reports (Lifsher, Los Angeles Times, 10/20). Proposition 45 -- which is being promoted by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) and Consumer...
News Story
10/20/2014
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
California insurers have pumped more than $12 million over the last five days into a campaign to defeat Proposition 45, an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot that would regulate health insurance rates. Blue Shield gave $2.66 million, WellPoint $6 million, Kaiser Permanente $3.73 million and Health Net $350,000, according to late filings at the...
News Story
10/19/2014
By Thomas Elias, SANTA MONICA MIRROR
It's almost a foregone conclusion that the Proposition 1 water bond on next month's ballot will pass easily: Every poll shows it with almost a 2-1 lead heading into the vote and the opposition has virtually no money for television commercials. But two other propositions are almost equally deserving of yes votes, Propositions 45 and 48....
News Story
10/18/2014
Editorial, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Proposition 45 on the Nov. 4 ballot would let California’s elected insurance commissioner reject excessive health insurance rates. The Star’s Editorial Board recommends a yes vote on Proposition 45 to provide responsible, reasonable oversight of the cost of medical coverage. Proposition 45 would apply to roughly 6 million residents...
News Story
10/18/2014
By Tracy Seipel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Proposition 45 would allow California's elected insurance commissioner to regulate health plan rates for 6 million Californians with individual policies or who get their insurance as employees of small businesses. The No on 45 campaign recently released a 30-second television ad, now running in major media markets. WHAT DOES THE AD SAY? A man...