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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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9/10/2014
By Sam Levin, EAST BAY EXPRESS
Oakland-based Kaiser is spending big in an effort to defeat two state ballot measures this campaign season. Though the November election is still two months away, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan has already spent a whopping $20 million, according to a report from the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Across the...
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9/10/2014
By Dan Diamond, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
"It's going to end up hurting Californians," a lawyer warned last month, during a Covered California board meeting. "It will damage health care reform, perhaps permanently, perhaps fatally, in California and I think perhaps nationally." Was Kennedy talking about the Halbig lawsuit, which threatens the legality of Obamacare...
News Story
9/9/2014
EDITORIAL - OAKLAND TRIBUNE
Californians passed Proposition 103 in 1987, regulating auto insurance rates and saving drivers tens of billions of dollars over 25 years. California's drivers have enjoyed some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation because of this law.     Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same goal for...
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9/8/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Tolstoy's line about all unhappy families being unhappy in their own way hardly needs validation from us in the 21st century. But still it would be interesting to see what he'd make of the increasingly bitter division between two state agencies that should be working hand in hand to improve health insurance coverage for Californians: the...
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9/8/2014
By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS 89.5 FM San Diego, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The fight over Proposition 45 is shaping up to be a contest between insurance companies and consumer advocates. And so far, insurance companies have the upper hand. Proposition 45 opponents, led by the California Association of Health Plans and major health insurers like Anthem...
News Story
9/4/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Opponents of a ballot initiative that would give the state government regulatory authority over health insurance premium rates are spending nearly $38 million on efforts to defeat the measure, the Center for Public Integrity reports (Potter, Center for Public Integrity, 9/2). The measure will appear on the state's Nov. 4 ballot (Overland,...
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9/3/2014
By Doug Sovern, KCBS 740 AM (San Francisco, CA)
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Senator Barbara Boxer came out swinging Wednesday on behalf of Proposition 46 in a new ad campaign. Boxer (D-CA) is hoping that her considerable political clout and the emotional case made by grieving parents can offset huge campaign spending by the measure’s opponents. Click here to view the video: http://youtu....
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9/3/2014
By Melanie Mason, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Sen. Barbara Boxer said malpractice initiative would "prevent medical errors" because "there is more at stake" Backers of Prop. 46 have raised $5 million. Opponents have pulled in around $54 million. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) emerged as a forceful spokeswoman for an inititiative to raise some medical malpractice...
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9/2/2014
By Wendell Potter, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums. The ads are a part of a multipronged, multimillion-dollar campaign -- developed by public relations, advertising firms and political consultants for the...
News Story
8/30/2014
By Victor Ochieng, STOCKWISEDAILY.COM
It’s highly unlikely for the privacy settlement of a lawsuit facing Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to receive the approval of judges owing to its nature. The settlement, which amounts to $8.5 million, fails because it involves donation to institutions associated with the attorneys who filed the suit. During a fairness hearing on Friday in San...