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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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10/28/2014
By Gene Maddaus, LA WEEKLY
Blue Shield of California, one of the state's four major health insurers, has a sales office on the 20th floor of the Pacific Corporate Towers in El Segundo. Had the employees peered down to the plaza on a recent Tuesday morning, they would have seen a small cluster of picketers. From 300 feet up, it would be impossible to read the signs, or...
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10/28/2014
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would regulate health insurance rates, is ahead, according to a new Internet poll by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. The survey of self-reported, registered voters who said they planned to vote in the Nov. 4 election, had Proposition 45 leading with 41.6% of those queried and opposed by 29.9%....
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10/27/2014
By David Castellon, THE CALIFORNIAN (SALINAS)
With the November general election a week away, some of the biggest election debates aren’t between candidates running for office but rather between people for or against ballot measures. They include a measure for a $7.5 billion California water bond hammered out from intense negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento,...
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10/27/2014
By Lisa Girion, Karen Kaplan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Study finds that 68% of ER patients who overdosed on opioid drugs took pills prescribed by a doctor Cost of treating patients who overdosed on prescription opioids was $1.4 billion in a single year Prescription drug overdoses, a dangerous side effect of the nation’s embrace of narcotic painkillers, are a “substantial” burden on...
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10/27/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
Nearly 40 years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to help stem spiraling costs for medical malpractice insurance policies in California. Brown would later describe the situation at the time as dire: Doctors were forced to “go bare” because they couldn’t afford insurance. Some stopped providing high-risk procedures. Others...
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10/27/2014
By Jon Healey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Backers of California Prop. 45 try to turn insurance industry opponents' huge spending lead into a liability Do voters really care who's paying for the campaign ads that are filling their mailboxes and the airwaves? Plenty of big donors certainly think so. Otherwise, why would they be pouring so much money into "social welfare"...
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10/27/2014
Op-Ed Commentary by Margie Keenan, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
As a registered nurse, I’ve watched health insurance premiums jump while benefits and doctor networks shrink. I’ve watched patients pay thousands out of pocket before insurance pays for anything. We all have to buy health insurance under federal law. But there is no guarantee that it will be affordable. Proposition 45 provides that...
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10/26/2014
By Jess Bolluyt, WALL STREET CHEAT SHEET
Apple may be one of the most valuable companies in the world, but in one area, it falls decidedly behind its rivals: its spending on lobbying the politicians of Washington. According to its latest lobbying disclosure filing, Apple spent a total of $1,010,000 on lobbying activities in the September quarter, significantly below the level of spending...
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10/25/2014
By Sherry Slater, FORT WAYNE JOURNAL-GAZETTE
DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. this week agreed to one of the largest ever anti-kickback settlements in the U.S. But even a $350 million penalty isn’t enough to satisfy Jamie Court’s sense of justice. The president of Consumer Watchdog wants to hold accountable the kidney doctors who bought ownership stakes in DaVita dialysis clinics...
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10/25/2014
Editorial by RECORD SEARCHLIGHT (Redding, California)
Proposition 45 Watch much TV? Even if you only watch a little, you can't have escaped the torrent of Proposition 45 campaign ads washing across the airways, vying for consumer votes on health care insurance. You'll recognize the names of those companies fighting Prop. 45 with tens of millions of dollars -- Kaiser Permanente, WellPoint,...