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6/26/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today's announcement of the mapping of the human genome by a private corporation and a public consortium should be met with suspicion as well as hope. The corporate bid to own and control information about the human genetic code is an omen of the next great struggle facing humanity. It makes real the question of whether corporations will be able...
News Story
6/14/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
This week's unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, that an HMO cannot be held accountable in federal court when its financial incentives to doctors for limiting treatment injure a patient, is only the latest blow in the ongoing assault on the rights and options of consumers to challenge repugnant, bedrock corporate practices. Justice David H....
News Story
6/2/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The results of the scandal engulfing Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush should be to penalize any misconduct by the insurers and Quackenbush. However, "Insurancegate" should also teach Californians that public money and resources reserved for government should not be diverted to private foundations because the public is too easily...
News Story
5/15/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Patients Shouldn't Have To Sign Away Their Right To A Trial In Order To Receive Medical Care Recently, the California Supreme Court reaffirmed that people in private arbitrations do not have the same rights as people who go to court. The war between patients and their HMOs could become a lot less contrarian if state legislation mandating the...
News Story
3/23/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
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News Story
3/16/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The consistently high gasoline prices in the California have been blamed on price "spikes" caused by shortages of fuel due to California refinery outages, crude oil production cuts by the OPEC cartel and California's special clean-burning fuel. At its core, the gas crisis is all about power and, similar to HMO care crisis of the 1990s and the...
News Story
3/7/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
So much money is invested by politicians and vested business interests in the electoral process these days that it's becoming impossible to draw any conclusions from the outcome of an election. If more people vote for George Bush (Republican contender) than Ralph Nader (Green Party contender), is it because they agree with Bush and don't agree...