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6/23/2017
Posted by Connor
Carmen Balber, Executive Director and Healthcare Advocate at Consumer Watchdog, tells Randy Page of CBS news that the Senate Health Bill being pushed by Senate Republicans is a bad deal for working families.
Video
3/15/2017
Posted by Connor
The GOP's proposed American Healthcare Act would drive up prices for the elderly, sick, and those with lower incomes says Consumer Watchdog.
Video
3/2/2017
Posted by Connor
KCAL TV 9 interviews Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog about the details of the GOP's coming Obamacare replacement and the potential for serious drawbacks for consumers.
News Story
1/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
One focus of the planned repeal of Obamacare is maintaining coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Republican lawmakers say the current law’s safeguards won’t change, but they have yet to explain how they’ll accomplish this without also keeping the mandate that everyone buy insurance. What isn’t being discussed...
News Story
11/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The latest turmoil in health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act has emboldened advocates on both sides of the political spectrum, providing ammunition to conservatives who want to shrink the federal role and liberals who want to expand it. UnitedHealth Group rattled federal officials when it announced last...
News Story
5/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast.   Democrat Dave Jones is running for re-election as California Insurance Commissioner. His opponents are Republican State Senator Ted Gaines and Peace and Freedom candidate Nathalie Hrizi. There's not much interest in next week's primary, but there's a lot at stake for...
News Story
5/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A ballot initiative before California voters in November could challenge insurance coverage set up under Obamacare, imposing the same kind of price controls on health insurance that already exist on the state's auto, property, and casualty insurance. The "Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act," up for a vote Nov...
News Release
3/6/2014
Posted by admin
Santa Monica, CA – California’s largest health insurance companies have hired a Democratic party “insider”, former executive director of the Democratic Party, Kathy Bowler, to try to stop Consumer Watchdog’s November ballot measure to limit excessive health insurance rate hikes, ahead of the March California...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
Blog Post
11/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Lost in the ongoing election postmortem was this report yesterday from the Congressional Budget Office that a bill being pushed by the insurance industry and its salespeople to eliminate one of the strongest consumer protections in the health reform law would increase the deficit by more than $1 billion and raise health insurance costs for...