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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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8/29/2014
By Yuval Rosenberg, THE FISCAL TIMES
The first deadline for interested parties to file formal comments with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable passed earlier this week, and the roster of those who chimed in on the deal was impressive — and, in some regards, impressively divided. In all, more than 75,...
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8/28/2014
By John Tozzi, BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK
As a California state lawmaker, Dave Jones sponsored four bills that would have given insurance regulators authority to reject health-plan rate hikes, as they can in 35 other states. None became law. Now that he’s California’s state insurance commissioner, and running for a second term, Jones wants California voters to grant him that...
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8/27/2014
By Wendy Davis, THE DAILY ONLINE EXAMINER
Five privacy organizations are asking a judge to scuttle Google's $8.5 million settlement of a class-action privacy lawsuit. “The proposed settlement is bad for consumers and does nothing to change Google’s business practices,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center,  Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog,...
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8/27/2014
By Tom Murphy, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling. Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they...
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8/27/2014
By D. Seyler, RADIO & TELEVISION BUSINESS REPORT
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) used to get a paycheck from NBC, but since he’s gotten a high-profile gig on Capitol Hill he has been no fan of its current incarnation as Comcast/NBCUniversal. And he doesn’t want it taking on a new bride. Others agree. Stated Franken, “Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable would...
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8/25/2014
By Michelle Andrews, THE WASHINGTON POST
What’s in a name? When it comes to health plans sold on the individual market these days, it’s often less than people think. The lines that distinguish HMOs, PPOs, EPOs and POS plans from one another have blurred, making it hard to know what you’re buying by name alone — assuming you’re one of the few people who know...
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8/21/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
When consumer advocates were preparing a fall ballot initiative to raise the sum victims can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits, they considered tacking on an inducement that would resonate with voters across California. After running eight to 10 ideas past focus groups and through opinion polls, they found strong support for a proposal to...
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8/20/2014
By Troy Wolverton, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
CUPERTINO -- This city is about to get a GigaPower boost to speed up Internet service. AT&T is set to announce Wednesday it will bring super-fast broadband service, dubbed GigaPower, to Apple's hometown. It promises download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is fast enough to download a high-definition movie in half a minute and...
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8/20/2014
By Melanie Mason, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A ballot-measure battle over medical-malpractice awards and drug testing of doctors arrived on the airwaves Tuesday, with opponents of the initiative rolling out statewide television and radio ads. The ad buys mark the first major salvo in the contest over Proposition 46, which is primed to be one of the costliest fights of the November election....
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8/20/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
A California initiative on the fall ballot requiring that health insurance rate changes be approved by the elected insurance commissioner is receiving strong support from voters statewide, according to the latest Field Poll. Nearly 70 percent of registered voters back Proposition 45, while 16 percent say they would oppose it and 15 percent remain...