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News Story
10/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mortgage lenders and utility providers are charging customers as much as $20 to pay by phone. The credit card reform law now prohibits lenders from charging a fee for paying your bill by phone, particularly if you use an automated system. But apparently the same doesn't apply to mortgage payments. Such practices — let's call them pay-to-pay...
News Story
10/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Tea party activists across the state are rallying in support of Proposition 23, a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot that would suspend California's landmark global warming legislation, known as AB 32. With energy and climate change legislation stalled in Congress, the national fight over global warming and what to do about it is centered on California...
Blog Post
10/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Californians, including those stricken by autism, and their parents and caregivers, expect regulators to enforce the law, not to side with insurance companies seeking to boost their profits by denying patients the care they need. Governor Schwarzenegger, however, a longtime and vocal supporter of the Special Olympics and developmentally disabled...
News Release
10/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Leno/Schwarzenegger Bill Uses Insurance Industry's Chosen Language For Evaluating Premium Hikes Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies pursuing rate hikes in California received a boost yesterday with the signing of SB 1163 by Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco).  The bill, amended in the final days of the 2010 legislative...
News Story
9/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Whenever I think it can’t get any weirder in US politics and social progress, things always get weirder. Is it me? Am I over-dramatizing, or is this how some Germans felt as the Nazis began to garner popular support in the 1930s? Upton Sinclair, writer, muckraker and author of the novel “The Jungle,” which exposed the horrific...
News Story
9/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Screen shot of Jumbotron video ad. CAPTION By Consumer Watchdog The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is broadcasting Jumbotron video ads all this week in the heart of New York's Times Square to mock Google as a big chicken for dodging a privacy debate. The timing is not accidental. The Big Apple is in the midst of a week-long conference fest...
News Release
9/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has placed a digital advertisement in Times Square calling Internet giant Google “chicken” for its failure to accept the public interest group’s challenge to debate measures to protect consumers’ online privacy. The ad is running during “AdWeek” in New York City...
Blog Post
9/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Obama's mad about insurers blaming his health care plan for big rate hikes, but he doesn't have to take it anymore. He can and should issue an executive order to stop the rate hikes immediately. A Blue Cross policyholder emailed me last night about her recent 20 percent rate hike. She's now being pushed into a policy that costs much more and comes...
News Release
9/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to issue an Executive Order freezing health insurance premiums to protect consumers from unjustified and unreasonable increases until new rules under the health reform law requiring public justification of unreasonable premium hikes take effect.   Recently announced health insurance...
Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If you think the Tea Party represents real people who are mad as hell about real issues, you might want to know that it just had its first rally under the Beverly Hills sign over the weekend. I found out about the rally when I showed up for a 10 o'clock news debate and singer Pat Boone was on the other side dressed in his "Beverly Hills Tea...