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Blog Post
11/3/2014
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
No candidate on the ballot this year can do as much for you as two propositions backed by Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Federation and other champions of the underdog.  YES ON PROP 45 will give us the power to stop price gouging by the health insurance companies. Congress requires us to buy health insurance, but they didn’...
News Release
10/30/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CARMEL, CA: Dr. Bergstrom was arrested based on a report of sexual assault after a night of drinking. During the trial, the prosecution produced an audiotape which Dr. Bergstrom had accidentally created when he left his office dictation machine on. Dr. Bergstrom was heard buying cocaine, using cocaine, and trading cocaine for sex on the 5.5 hours-...
News Story
10/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant. Some, in fact, are game-changers. Why else would the medical profession and insurance companies be spending well over $100 million to beat back Propositions 45 and 46? Prop. 47 would punish handgun thieves with a figurative slap on the wrist....
News Release
10/29/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
FRESNO, CA: Dr. Flores had a history of arrests for domestic violence, possession of narcotics, and being under the influence -- including DUIs. The Medical Board began an investigation into Dr. Flores' suspicious prescriptions of controlled narcotics to eight patients, without proper documentation or proof of examination. These drugs included...
News Release
10/29/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates and victims of medical negligence released a new Yes on 46 TV ad today featuring a sweating, shaky surgeon who runs out of the operating room and dramatizes the potentially deadly risks of physician substance abuse. The ad, “Need A Drink?” also warns voters about the $100 million that the...
News Story
10/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Bias alert! I am proud to say that for 25 years I’ve been a board member of Consumer Watchdog, the nonprofit formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. You could say I’m a dogged board member. We are famous for the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988, which saved California motorists over $102 billion — yes...
News Release
10/28/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
MURRIETA, CA: In July 2013, Dr. Vreeke was on duty, working as an anesthesiologist. Unfortunately, she was also impaired on a drug she had stolen from work that she had administered to herself intravenously. She was discovered and sent home. However, the next day she came back to work and stole three vials of drugs before returning home. The...
News Release
10/28/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Diego, CA - Today the Civility Project, an organization that evaluates political advertisements, awarded the Yes on 46 campaign an A- for its ad featuring Sen. Barbara Boxer while it gave the No campaign a "C" for its ad paid for by insurance companies that have spent $44 million to oppose the measure. The “No” ad,...
News Release
10/27/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- After suspicious behavior and inconsistencies were revealed in a routine audit of controlled substances, Dr. Trindle was asked to submit to a drug test. He tested positive for Fentanyl. At the time, Dr. Trindle was participating in a now-defunct diversion program for substance abusing physicians. Doctors were allowed to...
News Story
10/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield of California, one of the state's four major health insurers, has a sales office on the 20th floor of the Pacific Corporate Towers in El Segundo. Had the employees peered down to the plaza on a recent Tuesday morning, they would have seen a small cluster of picketers. From 300 feet up, it would be impossible to read the signs, or...