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News Release
9/11/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA — The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding from voters in deceptive new campaign advertising that violates disclosure laws and should be pulled from the radio, said Consumer Watchdog. Campaign disclosure law requires initiative committees to...
Video
9/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45 reached the footsteps of Blue Shield's office in San Francisco. Prop 45 supporters are upset Blue Shield bought a luxury sky box for 49ers games, and they say the nonprofit health insurer should not be spending money on luxury suites.
News Story
9/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Public support appears to have slipped for a California ballot proposal that would require doctors to submit to random drug tests, signaling a volatile campaign that could become the most costly race in the state this year. With two months to go before the election, physicians, medical groups, insurance companies and other...
News Story
9/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
"It's going to end up hurting Californians," a lawyer warned last month, during a Covered California board meeting. "It will damage health care reform, perhaps permanently, perhaps fatally, in California and I think perhaps nationally." Was Kennedy talking about the Halbig lawsuit, which threatens the legality of Obamacare...
News Story
9/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Oakland-based Kaiser is spending big in an effort to defeat two state ballot measures this campaign season. Though the November election is still two months away, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan has already spent a whopping $20 million, according to a report from the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Across the...
News Story
9/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians passed Proposition 103 in 1987, regulating auto insurance rates and saving drivers tens of billions of dollars over 25 years. California's drivers have enjoyed some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation because of this law.     Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same goal for...
News Story
9/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The fight over Proposition 45 is shaping up to be a contest between insurance companies and consumer advocates. And so far, insurance companies have the upper hand. Proposition 45 opponents, led by the California Association of Health Plans and major health insurers like Anthem...
News Story
9/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Tolstoy's line about all unhappy families being unhappy in their own way hardly needs validation from us in the 21st century. But still it would be interesting to see what he'd make of the increasingly bitter division between two state agencies that should be working hand in hand to improve health insurance coverage for Californians: the...
News Release
9/4/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that a one-minute radio advertisement released by health insurance companies opposed to Prop 45's health insurance rate regulation provisions fraudulently misrepresents the advertisement’s backers, the ballot measure, and the current state of the law governing regulation of health...
Article
8/22/2014
Posted by rob
“The letter stated directly that I would be getting $376 in savings…. When my first invoice arrived, I was shocked to see that the monthly premium was $2,300 -- almost double the rate quoted in the initial letter!” The health insurance plan I’ve been on for years was cancelled due to the ACA. Like many people, I didn...