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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
10/20/1999
Julie Appleby
Relationship between money, health hits skidsUSA TODAY Employers' recent love affair with managed care -- a slimmer, younger, less expensive version of traditional insurance -- has wound up like many affairs: with blame and recrimination. The romance began at the beginning of the decade. By decade's end, it had soured, with managed care the...
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10/19/1999
Dolores Kong
Coalition Seeks Support for ReferendumBoston Globe Tapping into the same populist outrage against health maintenance organizations and for-profit medicine that has led California and Texas to pass patient protection measures, Massachusetts activists yesterday called for similar protections here. "Our health-care system is unraveling before our...
News Story
10/18/1999
Eric Berkman
Do Exclusive Contracts Give the Defense an Unfair AdvantageLawyers Weekly USA Most lawyers walk into a deposition assuming that the court reporter will be an impartial keeper of the record. But thanks to "exclusive contracts" between court-reporting agencies and insurance companies, this may no longer be the case. Over the last decade, an...
News Story
10/18/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Associated Press The state should take steps to make sure its health maintenance organizations remain non-profit, activists said Monday. "Non-profit medicine is the best. If they change over to for-profit centers, it's a disaster waiting to happen," said John O'Connor, co-chairman of the Coalition to Defend and Improve Health Care. Activist...
News Story
10/14/1999
Amy Pyle
Expensive Campaign is Expected in Drive to Gather at Least 400,000 Signatures Needed to Put the Measure on the Ballot. The Law Allows Citizens to Sue CompaniesLos Angeles Times SACRAMENTO -- Californians will soon be bombarded at malls, in parking lots and at other high-traffic spots by signature gatherers for a rush referendum to undo a new law...
News Story
10/13/1999
Jon Matthews
Sacramento Bee A coalition of insurance companies and other groups announced Tuesday that it will seek a March 2000 statewide ballot referendum to overturn newly signed legislation involving lawsuits against insurers. The coalition, called Consumers Against Fraud and Higher Insurance Costs and said to include at least several major auto...
News Story
10/13/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Opinion Editorial by Jamie CourtChristian Science Monitor California pioneered health maintenance organization medicine, and now it is pioneering its reform. Earlier this month, Gov. Gray Davis signed a new law allowing patients who are seriously harmed to collect punitive damages from HMOs that deny them necessary treatment. The House-Senate...
News Story
10/13/1999
Ed Mendel
San Diego Union Tribune SACRAMENTO -- A coalition of insurers and business groups, contending that legislation signed by Gov. Gray Davis could drive up insurance rates 15 percent, plans to spend as much as $50 million on a referendum in March asking voters to overturn the new laws. The first Democratic governor in 16 years, whose centrist stance...
News Story
10/12/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Opinion Editorial by Jamie CourtLos Angeles Times Patients' rights legislation passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives and other bills signed into California law recently by Gov. Gray Davis fail to deal with one of the most crippling crisis in health care today: Too much of our health care dollar is spent on bureaucrats, not...
News Story
10/12/1999
Consumer Watchdog
The New York Times The debate leading up to the House vote last week to expand patients' rights was punctuated by a stream of health care horror stories. Last Wednesday, for example, Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee, Democrat of Texas, rose to tell the story of "little Steve Olsen," a boy whose brain damage was misdiagnosed at a San Diego...