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Blog Post
1/5/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
I'm starting to recognize that guy behind the podium. President Obama took a strong stand for consumers not once, but twice, yesterday, first when he did an endrun around Wall Street (and Senate) obstructionists to finalize the appointment of his nominee to head the new financial consumer watchdog agency, and again when his Dept. of Health...
News Release
10/27/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog told the Obama Administration that Florida’s bid to escape a key consumer protection rule in the health reform law cannot be justified and joined calls for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to hold a public hearing into the state’s effort to evade minimum medical spending rules....
News Story
10/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Two tiny health insurance companies are exiting Florida's individual market because of Democrats' health law, the state's insurance department announced Thursday in an effort to bolster its request for a waiver. Florida has asked for a waiver from the medical loss ratio requirement that says insurers must spend at least 80 percent...
Blog Post
10/21/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
In a remarkable act of either stupidity or brinksmanship, the Obama Administration challenged the US Supreme Court to either keep the federal individual mandate to buy health insurance or throw it out with some of the most important consumer protections in the federal health care overhaul.  The Justice Department argues in a brief to...
Blog Post
9/29/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
The Kaiser Family Foundation reported this week that health insurance premiums spiked 9% last year and surpassed $15,000 per year for a family of four. Employees are paying 168% more for their employer-sponsored health insurance than 13 years ago (vs 38% for inflation). Yet another painful reminder of the need to rein in California's...
Video
9/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court interviewed over President Obama's budget proposals.
Blog Post
7/23/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
10 Days to Default? Washington has been consumed by debt negotiations that escalated again last night when House Speaker Boehner walked out of discussions with the President. The two-fold debate is one half inconceivable -- will House Republicans cling so stubbornly to their anti-tax rhetoric they they remain willfully blind to the consequences...
News Story
7/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
It looks like both Google and Facebook spent record amounts on lobbying in the second quarter of 2011, as evidenced by the most recent disclosure reports filed in the U.S. Senate’s lobbying database. Similar to last quarter, Google’s lobbying spend hit an all-time high, with spending coming in at $2.06 million, a 54 percent...
News Release
7/20/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington DC – A deficit reduction plan floated Tuesday by the “Gang of Six” senators would ask the Judiciary committee to find an “unspecified” amount of savings from medical malpractice reform, presumably by limiting the legal rights of patients injured by medical negligence. The nonprofit advocacy group Consumer...
News Story
7/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is doubtful the Senate “Gang of Six” plan's call for medical malpractice reform would save actually money, saying “evidence suggests that malpractice liability limits are more likely to increase costs for taxpayers.” The proposal unveiled Tuesday requires the Senate Judiciary...