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News Release
6/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Letter to HHS Chief Sebelius Cites Lobbying, Legal Tactics of Insurers, and Premium Inflation by Wellpoint, Aetna in Advance of New Regulations Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to turn back health insurance industry lobbying against a chief early benefit of the new health reform...
Blog Post
6/24/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It was insurance company lobbying that stuck Americans with a health reform law that lets private insurance companies run the show. The industry keeps proving that it has no intention of doing an honest job of it. The California Department of Insurance announced Thursday that Aetna's rate increases in the individual market, like those of Anthem...
Blog Post
6/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It was nice of the New York Times to print a story on the fast rise of health insurance premiums nationwide, just a day before President Obama's meeting with health insurance executives about rising premiums. The president needs all the help he can get, since the final health reform law gives government exactly zero power to control insurance...
Blog Post
6/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Anthem Blue Cross just sent out the warmest, fuzziest letter to policyholders, touting the generous, caring steps it is taking since the health reform bill passed. It made me gag. The first thing the letter brags about--that Blue Cross won't cancel your policy when you get sick--is what it is being forced to do after ruining the lives of seriously...
Blog Post
5/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I was on a conference call about health reform today, and all the major insurance companies were on it as well. Here's one signature moment that defines how insurers are aiming to neuter health reform by making outrageous demands, lobbying regulators just as hard as they lobbied Congress to weaken the legislation (remember the murder of the '...
Blog Post
4/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Did you hear the one about the actuary and the federal regulator who walked into the bar? No? Neither has anyone else. Which is why attention to the health reform law is dropping off the cliff now that all the "death panel" jokes are forgotten. Yet what's happening now, as reams of specific rules and regulations are written to make the...
News Story
3/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
  Julia Lesselyong has health insurance, but her plan doesn't cover a prescription sleep medication she takes. Still, the 25-year-old San Francisco resident has an option: a drug discount card that gets her 10 percent off the $100 monthly cost of the drug. The cards, which are free, provide consumers with a discount of up to 75 percent off...
Blog Post
3/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Boy, that was fast. The ink was hardly dry on the health reform law when the insurance industry started saying that no matter what Congress thought it passed and no matter what President Obama said, they didn't have to let sick children have health coverage right away. As today's story in the New York Times shows, the insurance industry just can't...
Blog Post
3/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
America's largest health insurance and services conglomerate thinks a health reform bill is likely to pass. And it has a plan already for making maximum profit out of the change. Here's an internal document from United Health Group to its employees that sees killing traditional Medicare as a big profit opportunity, and the two years of delay...
Blog Post
3/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The latest round of exorbitant health insurance rate increases nationally has helped more and more people recognize what Consumer Watchdog has been arguing for the last year: Congress cannot require all Americans to purchase insurance from the for-profit insurance industry without real oversight of what they charge ... Consumer Watchdog insurance...