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Blog Post
4/1/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s proposal for a newly created federal insurance regulator, and the “option” of a federal insurance charter for insurance companies, is a back door route to deregulation of the insurance industry.   Strong oversight by state insurance regulators protects consumers at the same time as it keeps...
Blog Post
3/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The state Senate passed legislation yesterday - SB 1115 - to roll back one of the more odious limits on compensation for injured workers approved with the governor's workers compensation package in 2004. Doctors are now using a provision in the law that allows them to apportion fault for an injury to blame a person's age, race or genetics for the...
Blog Post
2/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Dean Calbreath in the San Diego Union-Tribune shines a spotlight today on the overt discrimination based on age, race and gender that's going on under the workers' compensation "reform" championed by the governor in 2004. Thanks to the changes, workers' compensation insurers are raking in big profits. Rather than regulating workers' comp...
Blog Post
7/8/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
By signing a worker's comp "reform" law that failed to provide any regulatory controls over the insurance companies that have been jacking up California businesses' premiums in recent years, we thought Arnold had done all he could to repay the workers' comp insurers that donated over half a million to his campaigns. Perhaps we...
Blog Post
4/14/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ArnoldWatch hears that the real deal in Sacramento has nothing to do with the language of the workers' comp bill itself but with a political agreement on another measure. Tipsters tell us that in exchange for Democratic support on Arnold's version of the workers' comp law, Arnold will agree not to fight to overturn SB 2 -- the 2003 law mandating...
Blog Post
3/24/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California's Gov is no friend of regulation, but it looks like Proposition 103-style insurance premium regulation may be the answer to legislative gridlock over workers' compensation reform. In auto insurance, Prop 103's system of premium regulation and price controls have saved California motorists over $23 billion. The fact that workers' comp...
Blog Post
3/18/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold has been campaigning against fraud and deception in the workers compensation system, but there's new deception in his campaign to change the system. Arnold has received $452,000 in campaign contributions from eight of the nation's largest workers' comp insurers into campaign committees he controls. Now he has moved a million dollars from...
Blog Post
1/5/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Just before Christmas Arnold created a new fundraising committee that can receive above-the-limit contributions from big corporations, despite the state's campaign finance limits. The committee, called "Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team," was established to support the Governor's ballot measures. A list of donors to the...
Blog Post
11/24/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As ArnoldWatch reported Thursday, in its effort to get to the truth underlying the crisis in workers' comp, the Senate has taken the unusual step of requiring all participants in the on-going workers compensation insurance hearings to testify under oath. Arnold called for these hearings and has made lowering workers' comp premiums for business...
Blog Post
11/20/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnoldwatch has learned that insurance company executives will have to testify under oath in the state senate -- risking perjury -- about their companies' role in the workers' compensation crisis. In order to hear the truth firsthand, Arnold should attend these Senate hearings because the unusual step of conducting them under oath means executives...