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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
9/18/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
Opponents of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the state’s elected insurance commissioner to regulate health insurance rates have launched their first TV ad, claiming that the proposal would disrupt the health exchange and give too much power to a single politician. Following is text of the ad and analysis by Christopher Cadelago...
News Story
9/15/2014
By David Mills, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS TIMES
The San Francisco 49ers' financial health is being aided by two not-for-profit health insurers. Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own luxury suites at Levi's Stadium that go for at least $2.5 million apiece, according to a story in the Matier & Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Dignity Health,...
News Story
9/15/2014
By Staff Writers, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL
San Francisco-based Dignity Health, which operates Mercy hospitals in the Sacramento region, is attracting some criticism for spending money on Levi's Stadium. In Sunday's Chronicle, Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross report that the nonprofit health system not only has a luxury suite, costing at least $2.5 million, but also paid for naming...
News Story
9/15/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative to increase medical malpractice awards blasted a Los Angeles County supervisor Monday for scheduling a board vote to oppose the measure after a group he founded accepted a $75,000 donation from opponents. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called for the vote Tuesday, three months after the...
News Story
9/14/2014
By Victoria Pelham, THE DESERT SUN
The Coachella Valley is becoming a political battleground for a controversial health care ballot initiative that would raise the cap on medical malpractice damages and require drug and alcohol testing of doctors. Supporters of Proposition 46 include U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a prominent Rancho Mirage Democrat. They say the measure would improve...
News Story
9/14/2014
By Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
If you're wondering why health care costs are going sky high, one reason may be the multimillion-dollar skyboxes that two of the Bay Area's biggest "not-for-profit" insurers have bought at the 49ers' new stadium. Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own Levi's Stadium luxury suites, which go for at least...
News Story
9/14/2014
By Josh Richman, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Proposition 45 would give California's elected insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive health insurance rate hikes, a power the commissioner already wields for auto and homeowners insurance rates. The campaign against it -- for which the insurance industry has so far put up $37.3 million -- is now airing a 60-second radio ad...
News Story
9/13/2014
By Dave Sayler, RADIO & TV BUSINESS REPORT
Public interest organization Consumer Watchdog would like appropriate officials in California to demand disclosure of the financial sources for issue ads, and is also asking radio stations to reject the ads. CW said, ”The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding...
News Story
9/11/2014
By Michael Blood, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Public support appears to have slipped for a California ballot proposal that would require doctors to submit to random drug tests, signaling a volatile campaign that could become the most costly race in the state this year. With two months to go before the election, physicians, medical groups, insurance companies and other...
News Story
9/11/2014
By John Wildermuth, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
A revolutionary initiative to split California into six separate states was balanced on a knife's edge Thursday, still well short of the verified signatures it needs to have even a chance of making the 2016 ballot. Facing a Friday deadline, the initiative sponsored by Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, needs at least 207,...