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Blog Post
3/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog's calls for tough and open health insurance rate regulation are being echoed and amplified. The latest instance is in Connecticut, the home state of insurance companies, where Attorney General Earl Blumenthal recently proposed major reforms that would require the state to review and reject, modify or allow a rate change before it...
Blog Post
3/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sarah Palin, the Cruella DeVille of anti-government-health care, got a big blip of attention over the story how her family hopped the border from Skagway, Alaska, into the Yukon Territory for "free" Canadian government health care when Palin was a child. Maybe it was just a story: Canadian newspapers noted that Palin has also described...
Blog Post
3/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Harvey Rosenfield, the founder of Consumer Watchdog and the author of California's landmark insurance regulation, is the original expert on making insurance companies friendlier to consumers. So when he outlines a plan to make health insurance more affordable--and combat price spikes like the recent 39% annual increase by Anthem Blue Cross--he's...
Blog Post
3/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
President Obama's "get it done" speech on health reform Wednesday may have been a day late, but I hope it's not a dollar short, as the old saying goes. At least he has one tremendous ally in his call for action by Congress: Anthem Blue Cross, the nation's largest health insurer. The company's outrageous premium increases, not just in...
Blog Post
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A few sentences in a Wall Street Journal story Tuesday, on Wellpoint/Blue Cross insurance increases, made my eyes pop. If you take the words at face value, we're heading for a future in which a few very rich sick people will pay $10,000 a month for health insurance and the rest of us can just beg for bandages on the street. The story is about...
Blog Post
3/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Veteran political cartoonist Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has the solution.... Sometime you gotta laugh when things are bad. But then again, it's also good to take a giant corporation to court. Just like Consumer Watchdog did today with Blue Cross, over all those arms and legs consumers are losing to hang onto increasingly...
Blog Post
2/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Those of us who have health insurance--or think we have health insurance--can get complacent about whether the nation needs that big, complicated health reform legislation. But just try getting sick. Is your insurance even real? If it is, can you afford it after the latest round of price hikes? Is your deductible so big that paying it will mean...
News Story
1/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
OLDWICK, N.J. -- In a pre-emptive strike on a legislative mandate, major health insurers in Florida have agreed to pay for what could be costly care for members diagnosed with cancer who participate in clinical trials. The "Clinical Trials Compact," negotiated by Florida state Sen. Don Gaetz, a Republican and chairman of the Senate...
Blog Post
1/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Washington Post today has an eye-opening story today on how a family ended up in crushing debt at an "in-network" hospital apparently jammed with out-of-network doctors. Tens of thousands of dollars later, their little boy's rare and deadly heart defect is at least semi-fixed, but the family finances are in ruins. It's a problem that...
Blog Post
1/18/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said little about health care, though the one fragment that is quoted leaves no doubt about where he stood: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and the most inhumane.” The quote is hard to confirm (see notes below), but health care proponents losing ground to a fear...