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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...
News Release
10/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Top Prop 23 Funder Doesn’t Want Greentech Competition To Get in Way of Profiteering Santa Monica, CA – A new report by Consumer Watchdog's OilWatchdog.org project finds that Valero Energy reaped over $4.5 billion in refining profit while gouging California motorists since it bought its second California refinery in 2002. The oil...
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....
News Story
10/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Congress is out and so is the federal government, but several recent developments will have repercussions on healthcare policy-making today. The Department of Health and Human Services is facing pressure from all sides as it decides who should get waivers from new mandates of the healthcare reform law. HHS ignited a firestorm of controversy over...
Blog Post
10/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Support for Do Not Track Me legislation is growing in Washington with the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission telling ABC's Good Morning America on Friday that "one of the things we are thinking about is a Do Not Track List." The idea is to allow consumers to opt out of having their Web activities tracked by companies wanting to to...
News Release
10/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...
News Story
10/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
At first blush, the mandate in the new health-care law sounds simple: Starting next year, health insurers must use at least 80 to 85 percent of the premium dollars they collect to pay medical bills or otherwise improve their customers' health. But deciding which expenses insurers can include has been proving a monumental and controversial task for...
News Release
10/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
News Story
10/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer advocate Jamie Court, author of "The Progressive Guide to Raising Hell." (Photo: Chelsea Green Publishing) Acclaimed consumer advocate Jamie Court has used his activist know-how to leverage huge changes for average people over the past two decades. President of Consumer Watchdog, he has mastered the art of turning anger...
Blog Post
10/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
70 million Americans who get health insurance through their employer cannot take their insurance company to court when the insurer doesn't provide the benefits it promised, even if the insurer's decision to delay or deny life-saving treatment results in an employee's death. Now the federal health reform law requires every American to prove they...