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News Story
9/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Opponents of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the state’s elected insurance commissioner to regulate health insurance rates have launched their first TV ad, claiming that the proposal would disrupt the health exchange and give too much power to a single politician. Following is text of the ad and analysis by Christopher Cadelago...
News Story
9/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative to increase medical malpractice awards blasted a Los Angeles County supervisor Monday for scheduling a board vote to oppose the measure after a group he founded accepted a $75,000 donation from opponents. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called for the vote Tuesday, three months after the...
News Story
9/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
San Francisco-based Dignity Health, which operates Mercy hospitals in the Sacramento region, is attracting some criticism for spending money on Levi's Stadium. In Sunday's Chronicle, Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross report that the nonprofit health system not only has a luxury suite, costing at least $2.5 million, but also paid for naming...
News Story
9/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The San Francisco 49ers' financial health is being aided by two not-for-profit health insurers. Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own luxury suites at Levi's Stadium that go for at least $2.5 million apiece, according to a story in the Matier & Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Dignity Health,...
News Story
9/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45 would give California's elected insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive health insurance rate hikes, a power the commissioner already wields for auto and homeowners insurance rates. The campaign against it -- for which the insurance industry has so far put up $37.3 million -- is now airing a 60-second radio ad...
News Story
9/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
If you're wondering why health care costs are going sky high, one reason may be the multimillion-dollar skyboxes that two of the Bay Area's biggest "not-for-profit" insurers have bought at the 49ers' new stadium. Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own Levi's Stadium luxury suites, which go for at least...
News Story
9/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Public interest organization Consumer Watchdog would like appropriate officials in California to demand disclosure of the financial sources for issue ads, and is also asking radio stations to reject the ads. CW said, ”The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding...
News Release
9/11/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA — The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding from voters in deceptive new campaign advertising that violates disclosure laws and should be pulled from the radio, said Consumer Watchdog. Campaign disclosure law requires initiative committees to...
News Release
9/11/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Danville, CA --- Today Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46, called on California television and radio stations to recall No on 46 ads because they mislead voters by claiming “patients” instead of insurance companies are behind the campaign.  Pack filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission that No on...
Video
9/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45 reached the footsteps of Blue Shield's office in San Francisco. Prop 45 supporters are upset Blue Shield bought a luxury sky box for 49ers games, and they say the nonprofit health insurer should not be spending money on luxury suites.