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News Release
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
State Insurance Commissioners to Vote Thursday, Send Recommendations to HHS Washington, DC – As the insurance industry lobbies state insurance commissioners in Orlando to weaken modest regulations on health insurance premiums, Consumer Watchdog’s leaders reiterated their call for President Obama to place a moratorium on premium...
News Story
10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is scheduled to vote Thursday on regulations governing the law's medical-loss ratio, which requires insurers to spend 80 percent to 85 percent of premiums on medical spending or activities that improve care. Liberals by and large approve of the regulations that have been adopted by several...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CW's friend Wendell Potter, a flat-out expert on how health insurance companies behave and how their lobby infiltrates government, has a report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla. Most interesting numbers: there are 28 consumer advocates, and more than a thousand health insurance and allied...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In years past, a profit result like United HealthCare's 26% increase in the third quarter would spike the stock price. Not so on Tuesday, because investors are worried that insurance companies' profit rocket will slow down next year as health reform requirements kick in. That, in a nutshell, is why the insurance industry is spending tens of...
News Story
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary was published in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Obama should forbid premium hikes until the companies comply with pricing provisions of the new federal law. Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan. They are sending letters to policyholders announcing big...
Blog Post
10/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Death and taxes may be inevitable in life, but in politics what's inevitable is that you will have to face public opinion and the Constitution. President Obama is rightfully having to confront both over the worst flip-flop of his presidency: his endorsement of mandatory health insurance purchases. As the New York Times reports, courts are...
News Release
10/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
Blog Post
10/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A central consumer protection in the health reform bill is set to take effect Jan 1: Health insurers will have to spend at least 80 cents of every dollar we pay in premiums on actual medical care. That means less money goes to executive salaries and paper-pushers whose only job is to deny you benefits, and more to pay the bills when you get sick....
News Story
10/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast. Now that health care reform has begun its incremental changes to how health insurers can operate, some companies are demanding waivers exempting them from providing compensation to policy holders.  Consumer Watchdog is calling for the rejection of these requests and site the case of Dana...
Blog Post
10/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The passage of a law means nothing to the lobbying industry. It only means refocusing on regulators, and if that fails, changing the law that was passed. Lobbyists for health insurance brokers are in the middle stage: demanding that the White House protect their big sales commissions--up to 20s on each policy-- by crippling a key part of the law....