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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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7/25/2014
By Thomas D. Elias, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Make no mistake, the fall election season began on the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor has the vast majority of voters focused on any issues to be decided in November.     This will change in a month or so, when the campaign gets underway...
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7/24/2014
By Susan Abram, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
Nearly 500,000 consumers across California will receive a piece of a $12 million refund from health insurance companies this summer as part of a provision under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. Called the 80/20 rule or Medical Loss Ratio Rule the provision requires insurance companies to...
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7/24/2014
By Ron Leuty, SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
In the wake of the former president of California's stem cell research funding agency jumping to the board of a company the agency funded, his successor declared he will not accept a job with any company funded by the agency within a year of leaving the post or accept gifts or travel from any company, institution or individual that receives...
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7/24/2014
By Bradley J. Fikes, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Responding to his predecessor's ethically controversial departure, the president and chief executive of California's stem cell agency said Thursday he is taking legal steps to minimize conflicts of interests with those who have business before the agency. C. Randal Mills said he will not take a job with any company funded by the...
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7/24/2014
By Rebecca Borison, BUSINESS INSIDER
Google, Apple, and all the other tech giants have a vested interest in many of the decisions coming out of Washington, DC. Whether it's how immigration policy will affect the pool of talent HR can pick from, or laws on data and privacy, the rulings coming out of the Capitol can have a huge impact on the tech world. And so it shouldn't come...
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7/21/2014
By Jeffrey Young, HUFFINGTON POST
No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare didn't magically transform insurers into benevolent entities solely devoted to taking care of sick people. Health insurance companies, even those that are not-for-profit, have to...
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7/21/2014
By Shannon Barr, SAN DIEGO NEWS ROOM
Campaign funds are rising for those supporting and opposing Proposition 45, the "Insurance Companies Required to Justify Their Rates to the Public Initiative." This proposition allows the insurance commissioner -- currently Dave Jones -- to regulate health care insurance premiums. It will be on the November 4 ballot. As of July 11, $37,...
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7/18/2014
EDITORIAL - THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Given the way Washington has run away with itself, it’s no surprise that “crony capitalism” has risen to the top of the agenda for some politicians on the political left as well as the political right. The federal government has become a virtual one-stop shop for corporations more interested in gaming the system and capturing...
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7/17/2014
By Kris Holt, TECHNEWSWORLD
Implementation of the EU's right-to-be-forgotten policy appears to have hit some snags, as privacy regulators tussle with search engines over how they handle link removals. The right to be forgotten is the foundation of a directive allowing citizens to have links to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive"...
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7/14/2014
By David Siders, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
Following heavy lobbying from both sides, the California Democratic Party’s executive board has voted to endorse Proposition 45, a measure to give the state insurance commissioner regulatory power over health insurance rates. The proposition is one of two causing friction within the Democratic Party, pitting pitting trial lawyers and...