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News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — Voters overwhelmingly passed the two state ballot measures pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown: A $7.5 billion water bond that will pay for water recycling and new storage systems but do little to bring relief to Californians affected by the drought, and a rainy day fund designed to cushion the state during financial hard times. Prop 1...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
So much for populism. At least when it comes to fighting the interests of big-money corporations. In every vote this week pitting the interests of ordinary Californians against those of large companies, the corporate interests won big. Big bucks essentially convinced millions to vote against their own best interests. This was an unfettered triumph...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It's hard to imagine that anyone in California had a worse election night than the folks at Consumer Watchdog. The non-profit advocacy group lost not one but two ballot propositions — seeing both Proposition 45 and 46 go down to defeat by wide margins. Proposition 45 would have given the insurance commissioner the power to reject...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It was obvious from the start that the cascade of corporate cash into ballot initiative campaigns in California this year would be overwhelming. The reality did not disappoint. That reality had to please the biggest spenders, notably the insurance companies and agents who defeated propositions 45 and 46, two pro-consumer healthcare measures. The...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proponents of Proposition 45, which would have given California's insurance commissioner the authority to regulate some health plan rates, say that those rates will continue to skyrocket, following the measure's defeat at the polls. Commissioner Dave Jones has tried to get this authority into law for almost 10 years, dating back to his...
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
Health insurance premiums have gone up 172 percent since 2002, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. That's what prompted supporters of Proposition 45 to put their measure on today's ballot. The measure would give California's insurance commissioner the authority to reject health insurance premium increases found to be...
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...