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News Story
12/29/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Lawyers, citing an award limit, often won't take medical injury suits. Dave Stewart's 72-year-old mother went to Stanford University Medical Center for double knee-replacement surgery in April. Four days later, she was dead. To Stewart, an anesthesiologist, it seemed a classic case of medical malpractice. After the operation, his mother developed...
News Release
12/17/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Núñez Deal Would Force Consumers to Buy Health Insurance With No Limit on Price or Promise of Meaningful Benefits Santa Monica, California -- Labor unions, hospitals and doctors, health insurers and the drug industry have contributed $3.8 million to Proposition 93, the measure to extend legislative term limits, as they sought and...
News Release
12/13/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ethics Board Proposes Travel, Meal Disclosures to Close Spending Loophole Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates applauded the state ethics board for moving forward today with requirements that politicians justify their use of campaign funds for overseas travel, meals and other expenditures that benefit them personally. The nonprofit Foundation...
News Release
11/14/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- The vast majority of people required to buy unsubsidized private health insurance under Massachusetts' mandatory purchase law have failed to do so, according to an updated analysis by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR). A California proposal modeled on the Massachusetts law, by Assembly Speaker Nú...
News Release
8/13/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Three Bills Would Weaken Reform Santa Monica, CA -- Three bills that would weaken good government laws suggest that California lawmakers have begun a sustained, but stealthy, attack on popular political and campaign reforms, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR). Each bill has received unanimous, or near-unanimous, support...
News Release
4/17/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- The California Assembly Health Committee approved a bill today by Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) that would require HMOs and health insurers to justify their rates and get approval for increases in premiums and other payments. The legislation is similar to requirements in the auto insurance market under Propostion 103 that...
Blog Post
3/15/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation this morning to create a $90 million extra election in 2008. We think he'd have learned better after his resounding 2005 special election defeat, when the governor told reporters he wished he could tell the "Terminator to travel back in time to tell Arnold not to have a special election." The...
Blog Post
3/1/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
After national outbreaks of E. coli tied to the California spinach and lettuce industry, one might assume that California's Fitness Guru-in-chief would be working hard to clean up the vegetable industry and protect the Popeye in all of us. But, as the LA Times reports, Arnold is resisting legislation that would ensure more oversight of growers of...
Blog Post
10/3/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Buried in a slew of last-minute vetoes by Arnold over the weekend was SB440 by Sen. Jackie Speier, which would have protected Californians whose cell phones are lost or stolen from being forced to pay up to thousands of dollars for fraudulent calls. The measure was opposed primarily by cell phone companies, including Cingular, T-Mobile, Sprint...
Blog Post
7/11/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold has always talked a good game about cleaning up cash register politics even as he has raised more campaign cash than any politician in California history. Now he has a chance to do something about the problem. Prop 89, on November's ballot, curbs the power of special interests and lobbyists by taking private money out of California politics...