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News Story
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary was published in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Obama should forbid premium hikes until the companies comply with pricing provisions of the new federal law. Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan. They are sending letters to policyholders announcing big...
News Release
9/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The consumer group that recently launched a popular online animated satire of Google’s privacy problems embodied in an ice cream truck said the revelation that a Google engineer tracked children down shows that private information is never safe if it is in Google’s hands. Consumer Watchdog called on Google to...
News Story
6/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google woos people with its “don’t be evil” slogan and assures us that everything it does is meant to enhance our online experience. But a new study by US advocacy group Consumer Watchdog – of which I am part – has found evidence that the internet giant’s search results are skewed to its own advantage. With...
News Story
5/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Op-Ed Special to The Desert Sun Last month, the California Department of Insurance cracked down on an insurance company that has been overcharging motorists for 15 years.  That company, Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance, also wrote and is bankrolling Proposition 17 on the June ballot. Mercury wants you to believe that its measure will save...
News Story
4/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Hold onto your health plan. In an effort to get ahead of the new restrictions and regulations of health care reform, insurers are taking steps to increase their profits now. It's like a rerun of the credit-card industry's behavior last year, when it implemented steep interest rate increases right before new regulations. The health care changes...
News Story
4/18/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Days ago, the California Department of Insurance cracked down on an insurance company that has been overcharging motorists for 15 years. The company, Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance, wrote and is bankrolling Proposition 17.  Mercury wants you to believe that its measure will save everyone money. When was the last time an insurance...
News Story
2/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A high-profile California insurance company that is backing a controversial insurance measure on the June ballot has engaged in practices that may be illegal, including deceptive pricing and discrimination against consumers such as active members of the military and drivers of emergency vehicles, according to a state report obtained by The...
News Story
1/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Now that we’re about to entrust health reform to the tender mercies of the insurance industry, it’s sobering to see the skullduggery that one of California’s largest auto insurers is trying to pull on the state’s drivers. If you want a preview of what health insurers may do to premiums if they’re forced to cover...
News Story
11/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Few doubt that Internet giant Google is succeeding in its audacious corporate mission "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." The problem is that the mission puts Google directly at odds with our privacy rights, and Google appears unwilling to give consumers enough control. From its...
News Story
11/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following Op-Ed commentary by Judy Dugan was published in The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, November 3, 2009: Pitching lower costs, 'international hospitals' are trying to make inroads into the U.S. healthcare system. But are they just a remedy for insurance companies? At a luxury hotel conference center in Century City last week, "...