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News Story
2/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Francisco Chronicle February 5, 2008 by Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer Despite efforts by hospitals to curb aggressive collections practices, a study released Tuesday found the uninsured in California still pay more on average for services than government payers such as Medicare. Researchers for the Rand Corp. and the University...
News Story
1/29/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- The National Conference on Weights and Measures, under industry pressure, on Tuesday tabled a nationwide regulatory fix for hot fuel -- pushing resolution of the issue into 2009 at least. The move was made by a conference committee on a measure that would have established the way fuel, adjusted for temperature, would be sold in...
News Story
1/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following commentary by FTCR President Jamie Court, and Research Director Judy Dugan, was published on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in the Sacramento Bee. ---------- Proponents of the health insurance bill written by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez are down to one argument: Anything is better than...
News Story
1/26/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Friday urged lawmakers not to approve a fee proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to raise $125 million for fire protection, calling the surcharge unconstitutional, unfair to many property owners and bad public policy. A top aide to Poizner, the only statewide elected Republican...
News Story
1/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mary Nielsen was angry. Not only had Pacific Gas & Electric overcharged the then-87-year-old Oakland resident $800, but in examining the bill, she also found hidden charges on the back. One month later, in October 2004, Nielsen got PG&E to refund her money. One year later, after she dispatched phone calls and letters to PG&E, the...
News Story
1/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Fair Political Practices Commission wants to tighten disclosure requirements and could ban many contributions altogether. California's political watchdog agency is drafting tougher disclosure rules for gifts accepted by elected officials and could ban many of them altogether for statewide office-holders. If the Fair Political Practices...
News Story
1/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) January 19, 2008 by Patriot Ledger staff CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP PROVES FUTILE Ron Norton traveled from Worcester to Sacramento to speak at the California Capitol about the perils of requiring people to purchase health insurance, only to be thrown out of the building by the California Highway Patrol. Norton, according to...
News Release
1/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Advocates Reported For Misdemeanors in Clear Case of Selective Enforcement Sacramento, CA -- Speaker Fabian Nunez directed the California Highway Patrol to prevent an uninsured patient who traveled 3,000 to speak out against mandatory insurance from telling his story in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday. The Massachusetts consumer, Ron...
News Story
1/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Associated Press January 16, 2008 by John Porretto, AP Business Writer HOUSTON, TX -- Historic oil prices and $3-a-gallon gasoline have been contributing to fears of a recession, but they've yet to cause the hue and cry that some might expect. Americans may simply be growing more accustomed to high fuel costs, analysts say. All that may change...
Feature
1/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
BestWire (A.M. Best) January 10, 2008 by Sean P. Carr, Senior Associate Editor, BestWeek PROPOSED CALIF. LEVY GETS GRUDGING NOD FROM INSURERS SACRAMENTO, CA -- A proposal by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to assess a 1.25% surcharge on property insurance premiums to pay for wildfire-fighting efforts was met with grudging nods by insurer...