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Keeping Politicians Honest
Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The level of straight talk in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius is breathtaking. Bottom line: Do the critics harping against regulation in the health care market--and attacking Sebelius personally--want to go back to letting insurance companies do what they please? Here's the lead: In the last two weeks, my...
News Release
9/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Program Gives Lifeline In Tough Economy With No Taxpayer Cost Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Schwarzenegger has signed legislation, AB 1597 (authored by Assemblyman Dave Jones) to maintain California's innovative auto insurance program for low-income Californians with good driving records. The California Low Cost Auto Insurance program (CLCA),...
News Story
9/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It was, according to the federal complaint, the chummiest of secret clubs among Silicon Valley's corporate elite. The membership rules were simple: Don't cold-call any of our employees with job offers and we won't cold-call any of yours. The members, according to documents released Friday by the Department of Justice, included the cream of the...
Blog Post
9/24/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
This morning I ventured into the Tea Party's den at Fox National News to talk about our Times Square Superscreen advertisement, which calls the question: "Are You Mad As Hell But Think The Tea Party Is Insane?" Fox viewers have been following up with emails and calls about the anchor's inquiries regarding Consumer Watchdog's funding,...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurance industry is going directly to the White House in its latest attempt to evade a key portion of the health reform law that would force them to operate more efficiently. But instead of making the argument directly, the industry is speaking through state insurance commissioners that are either friendly to insurance companies or cowed by...
News Story
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast. The six-month anniversary of the new health law marks the official effective date of a raft of new consumer protections, including a ban on most so-called rescissions. That's the insurance industry practice of revoking an insurance policy retroactively, after a...
News Story
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The head of one of the nation’s largest Medicaid health insurers rebuked both his colleagues and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week over a mounting flap regarding the imposition of large premium increases prior to healthcare exchanges becoming operative in 2014. “It makes sense that many of these plans will...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There’s a name that’s becoming as ubiquitous in dirty oil politics as Coke cans are in greasy spoons. And it’s pronounced like the soft drink, but spelled Koch. The New Yorker definitively exposed the gas and oil tycoons known as the Koch brothers. But who are the latest Koch-heads to wear the brand with pride? •...
Blog Post
9/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Emails demanding filibuster reform started to fill my inbox last month, and as Ezra Klein notes in yesterday's Washington Post, public interest organizations across Washington have sped up the reform drumbeat Consumer Watchdog began making in earnest a year and a half ago. But how many more people know about the Senate's procedural breakdown since...
News Story
9/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
NEW YORK — A California consumer-advocacy group is hoping to rally the left before the November election with an ad on a Times Square video screen that labels the tea party movement as "insane." The 30-second spot by Consumer Watchdog, which began airing Tuesday, flashes phrases such as "home foreclosures" and "Wall...