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Blog Post
9/8/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
Janet Adamy in the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription necessary) that health insurers across the country are using the health reform law as an excuse to justify their latest round of rate hikes for individual insurance policies. Aetna, one of the nation's largest health insurers, said the extra benefits forced it to seek rate increases...
Blog Post
9/7/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Response to our video "Don't Be Evil?" lampooning Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt's attitude toward privacy has been overwhelming since we launched it with a jumbotron digital ad in New York's Times Square last week. Views soared past the quarter million mark on Monday of the three-day holiday weekend. The satirical video shows Schmidt...
Blog Post
9/6/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
The problem with American politics is that there is too much focus on raising money and too little on raising hell. The Labor movement in America suffers from the safe fate. This labor day, let's remember what works for the American middle class and the labor movement that's supposed to represent it. Authentic campaigns that seize on strong public...
Blog Post
9/2/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Corporations are shoving all of the increased cost of worker healthcare, and more, onto their employees, says a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. We already knew that companies are sitting on loads of cash while refusing to hire back laid-off workers, so this is just salt on the wound. At the same time, corporations are lobbying like...
Blog Post
9/2/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Right now, running twice an hour in Times Square, there's a 540 sq. ft. animation of Google CEO Eric Schmidt giving little kids free ice cream and secretly gathering their personal information. It's promoting a one minute, avatar-style animated short titled Don't Be Evil? that can be watched at InsideGoogle.com. Do you want Google or any other...
News Release
9/2/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s InsideGoogle.com has taken its online privacy campaign to New York’s Times Square, where it has purchased a 540 sq. ft. Jumbotron digital advertisement promoting an animated video satirizing Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s attitude toward consumer privacy.   “We’re...
News Release
9/2/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-392-0522 x319; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Insurers, Employers Threaten to Drop Low-Benefit Employee Insurance If $750,000 Annual Benefit Limit Is Enforced   Washington, DC — Americans were promised meaningful health benefits under health reform and deserve better than the near-worthless junk insurance that low-wage employers are lobbying to preserve, said Consumer Watchdog....
News Release
8/31/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989; or Carmen Balber, (310) 403-0284
Santa Monica, CA -- Some of the top Democratic recipients of health insurance cash teamed up with Republicans in the California state senate late Monday to block health insurance premium legislation authored by state Assembly Members Dave Jones and Mike Feuer. Overall health insurers have given $800,218 in campaign contributions to California...
Blog Post
8/30/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
When Anthem Blue Cross announced its controversial premium increases in California recently, the insurer claimed, "a carrier must be able to receive actuarially sound rates." So it is remarkable that "progressive" San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, a single payer health care advocate, recently introduced eleventh hour...
News Release
8/30/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075; or Jerry Flanagan, (310) 392-0522, ext 319
Actuarial Soundness” Defense Protects Insurers At Expense of Rate Regulation, Consumer Watchdog Says Los Angeles, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross’s defense of its recent controversial premium increases will be codified in law under eleventh hour legislation by San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, SB 1163, just as the California legislature...