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News Release
3/13/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Californians should have the same right as Floridians to equal protection under the law in cases of medical negligence, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today after the Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s cap on medical negligence damages is unconstitutional.  Signatures will be turned in beginning next week...
News Story
3/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed commentary was published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in The New York Times. ------------ PEOPLE go to hospitals to get well. We all know that medical care involves risks, but what patients don’t expect is that the doctors, nurses and other staff members charged with their care may deliberately cause them harm. As an...
News Release
3/7/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- A California ballot initiative that has garnered more than 800,000 signatures from voters addresses a study published this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association that finds doctors are the biggest suppliers for chronic prescription drug abusers. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act requires...
News Story
2/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers are considering bills that would limit or end participation of intervenors in automobile insurance rate filings, urge Congress and the president to renew funding for the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and call on interested parties to solve difficulties with medical malpractice...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Senate President Introduces Placeholder Bill, But Both Sides Gear Up For Initiative Democrats in Sacramento have strong ties to both trial lawyers and the medical industry. But even efforts by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg may not avert an upcoming campaign fight over medical malpractice suit payouts. Steinberg on Friday introduced SB...
Blog Post
10/9/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Pilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet. Substance abuse among doctor runs twice as high among doctors as the general population -- 18% of physicians according to the California Medical Board. It's...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
News Release
8/12/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Danville, CA – Bob Pack today wrote Dr. Paul Phinney, head of the California Medical Association, with hard words over Phinney’s refusal to acknowledge his family’s suffering and that of other medical negligence victims in his public response to Pack’s ballot measure, “The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act....
Blog Post
7/25/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
We just wanted to let you know that we have filed a ballot measure that has been 37 years in the making. If we collect about 750,000 valid signatures, voters will have a chance to adjust for inflation a three and a half decade-old cap on the value of a child's life if he or she is killed by medical negligence -- a $250,000 limit that has never...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog and the father of two children killed by a drug-abusing driver have taken the first step toward waging an initiative campaign to raise limits on medical malpractice "pain and suffering" jury awards. The proposed law, which was submitted for title and summary to the attorney general's...