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News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California voters nixed efforts Tuesday by a consumer group and trial attorneys to lift the cap on pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits — but proponents say they will keep on fighting. Proposition 46 was defeated by a margin of 67.1 percent to 32.9 percent. The actual vote count was 3,415,996 "No" votes to 1,...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Back in June, more than 60% of Californians supported it. But on Tuesday night, more than 60% of Californians voted against it. What went wrong with Proposition 45, the once popular rate-review ballot initiative? Here's a list of potential factors -- and it's hard to pick just one. It was outgunned Prop. 45 had several high-profile...
News Release
11/4/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA - TV stations in a dozen California markets skipped coverage of consumer friendly Propositions 45 and 46, despite the fact that $100 million from insurance companies flooded stations with advertising revenue. The ballot measures hold insurance companies and dangerous doctors they insure accountable. “TV stations have been...
News Story
11/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Voters may be apathetic on Election Day, but there are some people in California who are excited indeed about the ballot – those who have a big pocketbook interest in the outcome. Through Tuesday morning, campaign spending on six ballot propositions alone has approached a quarter-billion dollars, a hefty price tag, even in California....
News Story
11/3/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Voters are usually inclined to vote their pocketbooks. But that's become more difficult with every election, as the pocketbooks that carry the most weight aren't those of the individual voter, but corporations and plutocrats. Recent history tells us that the magnitude of big donors' campaign spending rises as their commitment to the...
News Release
11/3/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned voters that insurance companies had spent more than $100 million on deceptive advertising opposing pro-consumer Propositions 45 and 46.   “The $100 million campaigns bankrolled by insurance companies against Props 45 and 46 are meant to scare voters against initiatives that will...
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 Story
10/28/2014
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...
News Story
10/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Nearly 40 years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to help stem spiraling costs for medical malpractice insurance policies in California. Brown would later describe the situation at the time as dire: Doctors were forced to “go bare” because they couldn’t afford insurance. Some stopped providing high-risk procedures. Others...
News Story
10/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California ballot measure campaigns have raised more than $83 million since Aug. 1, and each of the six proposition races now features a deeply lopsided financial fight heading into the final weeks before Election Day. Most askew is the campaign for Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet measures, Propositions 1 and 2, which would approve a $7.5 billion...