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News Release
9/14/1998
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U.S. Senate to Vote Wednesday on While the country is pre-occupied with the details of President Clinton's infidelity, the insurance industry is taking advantage of this national distraction to make a final push for a national "no fault" auto insurance system in the United States Senate. Deceptively named the "Auto Choice Reform Act," Senate...
Archived Article
9/2/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Carol Stephens - Buena Park, CA As told by her sister, Janet Einwalter: My sister, Carol Ann Stephens, tragically died from two major stokes, four months after tests that had revealed carotid blockages went unnoticed in her patient file. After Carol's initial stroke, a test revealing carotid blockages on both sides of Carol's neck was placed,...
News Release
8/13/1998
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Poll Shows 57% Of Voters Support Prop 9 A preliminary analysis of Proposition 9 by the California Energy Commission indicates that the measure's passage will dramatically cut electric rates for California consumers. The report states that the passage of Prop 9 will result in "residential prices in 1999 fall[ing] from 24 to 37 percent from 1997...
Archived Article
6/26/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Ethan Bedrick - Raleigh, NC According to court records: Ethan Bedrick was born January 28, 1992. His delivery had complications and he was asphyxiated. As a result, he suffers from severe cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. Hypertonia from the quadriplegia impairs the motor functions in all four of his limbs. The terrible thing about...
News Release
6/25/1998
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Superior Court Orders Commissioner Quackenbush to Stop Allowing Insurers to Use Zip Code-Based Auto Rates; Court of Appeal Strikes Down Legislation That Illegal In a lawsuit brought by the Project (Proposition 103 Enforcement Project v. Quackenbush), an Oakland Superior Court ruled that the state's largest insurance companies, Allstate, State...
Archived Article
6/25/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Frank Wurzbacher - Covington, KY According to court documents: Frank Wurzbacher, a retiree who had surgery for prostate cancer, was taking monthly injections of a drug called lupron to keep the cancer from returning. In January of 1995, a new insurer took over as the third-party administrator of his retiree health plan. The new company announced...
News Release
6/25/1998
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States, Congress, Wall Street Watch Closely as Utilities Promise to Spend $50 Million to Defeat Measure Setting the stage for a debate likely to dominate the coming election season and influence the nation, the California Secretary of State today announced that the citizen-based CUT initiative to stop the $28 billion utility bailout tax has...
Archived Article
6/24/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Shirley Moore - Union City, CA As told by her daughter, Norma Lowe: In January 1997, my mother went to her HMO with pain in her right ribs and a heavy cold. After a chest X-ray was taken, the doctor diagnosed lung cancer. What the HMO's doctor failed to diagnose was that my mother also had bone cancer. Mom asked the doctor why she was having so...
News Release
6/23/1998
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Consumer and Environmental Groups Blast Faulty Electricity Deregulation SAN FRANCISCO, CA --David Brower, a founder of the modern environmental movement and the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club, joined consumer advocates around the country in calling for an end to ratepayer bailouts of private utility companies. Over 100 consumer and...
Archived Article
6/23/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Debra Moran - Winfield , IL As told by Debra Moran: My managed care nightmare began in July of 1995, when I developed pain in my hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck. The pain proved to be a symptom of Brachial Plexopathy and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome -- two related conditions that impair circulation and neural transmission. As the conditions...