Home › In The News

In The News

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
10/30/2014
By Ellen Snortland, PASADENA WEEKLY
Bias alert! I am proud to say that for 25 years I’ve been a board member of Consumer Watchdog, the nonprofit formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. You could say I’m a dogged board member. We are famous for the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988, which saved California motorists over $102 billion — yes...
News Story
10/30/2014
By Gene Maddaus, LA WEEKLY
Consumer Watchdog, the non-profit group behind Proposition 45, is firing back at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over her opposition to the measure. The proposition would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rate hikes for health insurance. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial...
News Story
10/30/2014
By George Skelton, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant. Some, in fact, are game-changers. Why else would the medical profession and insurance companies be spending well over $100 million to beat back Propositions 45 and 46? Prop. 47 would punish handgun thieves with a figurative slap on the wrist....
News Story
10/30/2014
By Ian Lovett, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Yes on Proposition 45 supporters rallied this month outside Blue Shield of California in El Segundo. The ballot measure would require health insurance companies to justify rate increases. Photo Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times   LOS ANGELES — A year after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect, California voters are now...
News Story
10/30/2014
By Jamie Court, HUFFINGTON POST
Four health insurance companies are spending $56 million to defeat California Proposition 45, a ballot measure to be decided Tuesday, which I wrote, that bans excessive insurance rate hikes. The insurance companies have unleashed a torrent of deceptive advertising but have remarkably refused to issue a single comment to the news media on Prop 45,...
News Story
10/29/2014
By John Carroll, SAN DIEGO TV-6
With the election less than a week away, we've decided to take a look at some of the more controversial issues on the ballot. This time, we're looking at Proposition 45.  The measure would give power over regulating healthcare insurance rates to the state's insurance commissioner. "I've seen my insurance rates go up 50...
News Story
10/28/2014
By Viginia Cha, 10 NEWS ABC TV - San Diego, CA
var p = new anv_pl_def(); p.config = {}; p.config.width = 640; p.config.height = 360; p.loadVideoExpressV3('...
News Story
10/28/2014
Op-Ed Commentary by Nora Engstrom, Robert L. Rabin & Michelle M. Mello, LOS ANGELES TIMES
What will and won't happen if medical malpractice 'pain and suffering' awards are indexed for inflation   For haters of junk mail, Proposition 46 may be this election season's biggest nuisance. Groups supporting and opposing 46 have spared no expense in stuffing voters' mailboxes. Among other provisions, the measure would...
News Story
10/28/2014
By Timm Herdt, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Of the 1.4 million Californians who purchased health insurance this year through the Covered California purchasing exchange, 94 percent bought their plans from just four insurance carriers. Outside of the purchasing exchange, in the private market for individual and small-business policies, about 80 percent of the market is controlled by the big...
News Story
10/28/2014
By Staff Writers, FOX NEWS LATINO
Latino voters in California find themselves in the middle of one of the most important - in terms of immediate, real-world consequences – races of the 2014 elections. Actually, it’s two races. The first is for the unknown, but strangely powerful position of state insurance commissioner, between incumbent Democrat Dave Jones and...