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News Story
11/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This year, Mary O’Connor and her father made voting a family affair. O’Connor’s father is a Vietnam veteran, so she was especially interested in his views on Proposition 61, a California ballot measure that would peg the state’s payments for prescription drugs to prices paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’...
Blog Post
11/7/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Bernie Sanders came to Los Angeles’s Pershing Square today to tell Californians not to be deceived by the $130 million drug companies have spent against Prop 61’s controls on California drug prices. “Drug companies are spending over $130 million to defeat this initiative and to make certain the people of California and the...
News Release
10/10/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – After news broke Friday that Mylan must pay $465 million for overcharging Medicaid for the EpiPen, mothers whose children rely on the life-saving allergy drug denounced drug company greed, and called on voters to pass Proposition 61 to stop drug company price-gouging and save lives. Consumer Watchdog released an analysis...
News Story
10/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates and concerned parents gathered Monday in Santa Monica to condemn the drug industry’s well-heeled campaign against Proposition 61, a measure designed to stop drug price gouging. The press conference was held in the wake of Friday’s announcement that Mylan will pay a $465 million penalty for overcharging Medicaid for...
News Story
10/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The auto-injector's manufacturer agrees to pay $465 million after an 'investigation' of less than two weeks Some would say that Mylan Pharmaceuticals has been slow to satisfy consumer calls for price rollbacks on the EpiPen auto-injector. But Mylan wasted no time reaching a settlement over the issue of whether it had overcharged ...
News Story
8/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA – A more than 13 percent increase in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California hasn't prompted any action from California lawmakers or voters, an industry spokeswoman said during a recent interview. "There is no active legislation on this topic," Nicole Kasabian Evans, spokeswoman for...
News Story
4/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The industry is expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the November ballot initiative Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton give drug makers the jitters when they talk about Medicare negotiating the prices of prescription drugs. But the biggest near-term threat to the industry comes from a California ballot initiative that would test a...
Blog Post
8/26/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
The future of the Earth, and California's dependence on Big Oil, could be determined in these last three weeks of the Legislative session.     That’s one of the reasons we launched Capitol Watchdog, our new project to pull back the curtain on corporate corruption in the Capitol. These are some of the questions that will be...
News Story
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following analyses represent my opinions. The SD Free Press editorial board may or may not agree with me. For all our articles on the upcoming election, check out our 2014 Progressive Voter’s Guide. There are no special interests more special than insurance companies, doctors and lawyers. Here we have two propositions involving all...
News Story
7/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
About $250 million in planned health insurance premium increases in California during a 15-month period that ended in 2013 were excessive, according to a report released Wednesday by Consumer Watchdog, Reuters reports. Consumer Watchdog is supporting a November ballot initiative that would give the state regulatory authority over health insurance...