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Blog Post
2/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The release of today's federal budget was accompanied by 8 principles that President Obama laid out for the Congress as it takes up health care reform.  The president clearly learned from Governor Schwarzenegger's failed health care overhaul in California. Whereas the Gov started with the premise of mandatory health insurance purchases, Obama...
News Story
2/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog has called on the Californian HMO regulator to make public its communications with insurance companies relating to cases of coverage denials for autism treatment. Citing the Public Records Act, the organization wants the California Department of Managed Health Care to disclose the information. It claims that many insurers refuse...
News Story
2/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to watch the video clip of this news broadcast. SANTA MONICA, CA -- Joined by a consumer action group, the families of two autistic children issued an appeal to state regulators Wednesday. They are challenging health insurers, claiming autistic children are often denied proper medical treatment. Frank Nagle is 2 years old and autistic...
News Story
2/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Patient advocates called on state regulators Tuesday to force health insurers to cover certain autism treatments. Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica sent a letter to Cindy Ehnes, executive director of the state Department of Managed Health Care, and her boss, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, expressing concern about delays in resolving coverage...
News Story
2/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A consumer advocacy group says it fears Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s financial services reform could become “a launching pad” for the federal deregulation of insurance. The nonpartisan, nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Geithner lobbying for the creation of an Office of Insurance Information, a proposal...
News Story
2/9/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Some lawmakers use the gifts to finance the good life, expenditure reports show. Sacramento, CA -- Some California lawmakers haven't let the state's financial calamity keep them from enjoying the good life; they've been using campaign cash for first-class travel abroad, expensive dinners, salon makeovers and visits to luxurious spas. Spending...
Blog Post
1/15/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California is such a mess that that the state's webcast cut off (on my L.A. computer, anyway) halfway through Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's State of the State speech this morning. It was probably the shortest such speech in modern times. No plans, no boasting, just one grim warning after another: We are in our third special session and we've...
News Story
1/14/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has chastised Democrats as being too firmly in the grasp of special interest groups and his fellow Republicans for hewing too closely to their anti-tax pledges. But as he portrays himself as standing above the warring factions, Schwarzenegger has held fast to his own loyalties — to the business...
News Story
12/26/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has repeatedly scolded state legislators for not doing enough to resolve California's budget deficit, which now stands at nearly $15 billion and which he said could balloon to more than $40 billion over the next two years. Yet activists say the governor and other lawmakers continue to practice patronage politics that...
Blog Post
12/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Michael Rothfeld of the LA Times recently highlighted Governor Schwarzenegger's many public appearances this year on behalf of his donors. Rothfeld detailed one of Arnold's main mutual back-scratching arrangements, when in October of this year, Anschutz Entertainment Group completed a two-year project to generate solar power on the Staples Center...