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11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California's largest health insurance companies are attacking Consumer Watchdog as part of a major campaign to block citizen efforts to reform the industry. That is because 25 years ago Consumer Watchdog's advocates led the successful effort to reform auto, home, and other property-casualty insurance companies. That 1988 ballot initative...
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11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a populist fight, targeting the right person can change the entire campaign. That’s how Consumer Watchdog ended one insurance company CEO’s two-decade war against voter-backed insurance regulation and won an end to insurers’ redlining of poor and urban neighborhoods. George Joseph is one of the four hundred richest men...
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11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In California’s June 2010 primary election consumer groups defeated two corporate-backed initiatives simply by pointing out the corporate cash behind them. Pacific Gas and Electric spent more than $46 million on Proposition 16 to create a nearly insurmountable two-thirds-vote hurdle before a municipality could create a public utility...
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11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When HMOs tried to save some money by discharging newborns and their mothers from the hospital as early as eight hours after birth, Consumer Watchdog drove Congress to ban the so-called “drive-through deliveries.” The practice caught Congress’s eye only after a Kaiser HMO bureaucrat got a little too cute in a memo written to...
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11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When opponents of strong financial privacy protections claimed our privacy was not at risk, we proved the point in a novel way. We bought the Social Security numbers of Attorney General John Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other cabinet officials on the Internet for $26. When California legislation to protect financial...
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11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As recently as 2005, then Senate majority leader Bill Frist of Tennessee was a presumed front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination to succeed President Bush. Today he’s not even in the Senate. A conflict of interest exposed by Consumer Watchdog drove him out of politics. When Frist controlled the U.S. Senate in 2003 and 2004 as...
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11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When he was in the California Legislature, Gray Davis, who later lost a recall election as governor in 2003, sponsored legislation to put the faces of missing children on milk cartons. When Consumer Watchdog wanted to force Davis, as governor, to sign a strong HMO patient protection law in 1998, our founder Harvey Rosenfield came up with the...
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11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The 2004 presidential election provided a moment of clarity for many Americans about the high cost of prescription drugs. The issue infected the presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. So our consumer group chartered two private trains—dubbed the Rx Express—to take seniors to Canada to buy...