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Blog Post
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy have sent a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calling on her and the administration to investigate the recent dramatic decreases in medical loss ratios by major health care insurers in anticipation of health care reform implementation. The insurers, led by Cigna and its 2nd quarter 6.4%...
Blog Post
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It's going to be consumer advocates vs. a large scrum of health insurance company lobbyist in Seattle for the next several days at the summer meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In advance of that, we've asked for an investigation of what insurers are up to. The NAIC is writing proposed regulations to govern important...
News Story
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The nation's largest satellite TV service is getting some static. Consumers have now logged more than 40,000 complaints against DIRECTV on the Better Business Bureau's website. DIRECTV offers promotions like five months free or $29.99 a month. But some customers complain they're then surprised when charged extra fees for leasing...
News Story
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, DC -- As Americans struggle with double-digit hikes in their health insurance bills, millions are coming up against a hard reality: The state regulators who are supposed to protect them can often do little to control what insurers are charging. In many states, it is the insurance industry that largely controls the regulatory process,...
News Release
8/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurers' Actions Mirror Credit Card Companies' Interest Rate Increases Ahead of New Consumer Rights   Washington, DC —Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy today asked the Obama administration to investigate how the major for-profit health insurance companies are reducing their proportion of spending on health care...
Video
8/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog's Todd Foreman discusses the rationale behind the suit we have brought against DirecTV.
News Story
8/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A Santa Monica-based consumer watchdog group this week decried a proposal by Google and Verizon Communications that it says would put an end to net neutrality and create a system of pay-to-play haves and have-nots when it comes to internet access. " ... It sets up a two-tiered structure," says John M. Simpson of the Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
8/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A Wall Street Journal article this week details how Google is increasingly moving to maximize profits from the vast amount of personal data it has amassed in its global network of servers at the expense of consumers' privacy. The article by Jessica Vascellaro, part of the Journal's excellent series about online privacy called "What They Know...
News Story
8/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Verizon Communications Inc. and Google Inc. urged U.S. regulators to leave wireless Internet services outside most policies that are designed to prevent carriers from making some websites perform better than others. The companies issued a "compromise proposal" for so-called net-neutrality rules. The plan would restrict Internet service...
News Story
8/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Proposal Would Let Internet Providers Favor Some Services Google on Monday reversed its long-held support for pure "net neutrality" and joined Verizon in calling for new laws that would enable Internet providers to favor some Web services over others. That touched off vehement  protests from consumer groups that support network...