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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.

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7/28/2016
By Amir Nasr, MORNING CONSULT
Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Joan Claybrook joined Consumer Watchdog and the Center For Auto Safety in reprimanding NHTSA for its response to the fatal crash of Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot mode. In a Thursday letter, the advocates said they are “dumbfounded” that NHTSA...
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7/27/2016
By David A. Wood, CARCOMPLAINTS.COM
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Obama administration want self-driving cars on the roads as soon as possible, but not everyone is in such a rush. Auto safety organizations say the government is rushing autonomous technology into cars without safety rules necessary for the technology. In a letter sent to President...
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7/21/2016
By Russ Mitchell, LOS ANGELES TIMES
What’s in a name? For Tesla’s driver-assist system “autopilot,” plenty of controversy. Some of the most enthusiastic proponents of autonomous vehicles and features are worried that autopilot — not the technology itself, but the very name, which some find misleading — might slow down the evolution of the...
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7/20/2016
By Victoria Colliver, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
California's insurance marketplace carriers will raise rates in 2017; Covered California rates to jump average of 13 percent in 2017   After two years of moderate rate increases, Californians who get their coverage through the state health insurance marketplace will see their 2017 premiums increase by an average of 13.2 percent. That...
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7/20/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington – Federal regulators have not lost their enthusiasm for self-driving cars after a series of crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were operating with their automated driving system activated, the nation's top highway safety official said Wednesday. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a speech at...
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7/19/2016
By Staff Writers, CHICO ENTERPRISE-RECORD
Sacramento, CA -- Monthly premiums in California's health insurance exchange will increase by more than 13 percent on average next year, after two major insurers requested large rate increases, officials said Tuesday. The increases are significantly higher than the 4 percent hikes in each of the last two years. They come as many other states...
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7/19/2016
By Claudia Buck, SACRAMENTO BEE
For the first time since launching three years ago, Covered California – the state’s health insurance marketplace– announced double-digit rate increases, averaging 13.2 percent for 2017. Tuesday’s announcement came as California consumers were encouraged to “shop around” for cheaper coverage under the federal...
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7/19/2016
By Melody Petersen & Noam N. Levey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
remiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year. The big hikes come after two years in which California officials had boasted that the program helped insure...
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7/19/2016
By Chad Terhune & Pauline Bartolone, NPR.ORG
California’s Obamacare premiums will jump 13.2 percent on average next year, a sharp increase that is likely to reverberate nationwide in an election year. The Covered California exchange had won plaudits by negotiating 4 percent average rate increases in its first two years. But that feat couldn’t be repeated for 2017, as overall...
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7/19/2016
By Tracy Siepel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Californians who buy coverage through the state's health insurance exchange better get ready for a dose of sticker shock: Average premiums next year will shoot up more than 13 percent statewide -- and could even double that in some parts of Northern California. While consumers are growing weary about the rising costs of health care and...