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News Release
4/28/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, x317; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC -- First quarter federal reports show Google lobbied on the electronic medical records provisions of the federal economic stimulus act, contradicting the Internet giant’s earlier claims that Consumer Watchdog’s report of its effort was “100 percent false.” Google’s report shows a total expenditure of $...
Blog Post
4/2/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The early messengers of health-care doom and socialism aren't looking so good. Start with Rick Scott, the disgraced former head of fraud-ridden health care company Columbia/HCA. Then there's Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who huffily says he only wants to protect Americans from government-determined health care, but is near the top Congressional...
Blog Post
3/31/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, introducing a bill last week to cap credit card interest rates at 15%, quotes Dante and the Bible to make his point about the current situation: Let’s be clear.  At a time when many Americans in the collapsing middle class use credit cards for groceries, gas and college expenses, what Wall Street and...
Blog Post
3/11/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
Check out my favorite blog discovery this week: Party Time – Documenting the Political Party Circuit Run by the folks at the Sunlight Foundation, they say: “From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are partying. Sunlight's PARTY TIME can help you find out who is partying, where and when.” It...
Blog Post
3/10/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
I joined patients and nurses at a protest this morning outside the Ritz-Carlton, while health insurance executives gathered inside and plotted how to make sure private health insurance companies can keep gouging patients in any health care reform to come out of Congress this year.  Our message: patients before profits. I just figured out how...
Blog Post
3/9/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
I remember flying around Montana on a national HMO patients' rights tour when Democratic US Senator Max Baucus was positioning himself as the real HMO reformer compared to longtime Republican US Senator from Montana Conrad Burns. Now Baucus, as the Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, is positioned to dictate the terms of health care...
Blog Post
3/6/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
Wall Street spent $5 Billion in one decade in Washington to buy the deregulation that resulted in the financial meltdown. These are the mind-numbing numbers in a new report released this week by Essential Action and the Consumer Education Foundation that says everything Americans need to know about how and why the economy collapsed. From their...
News Release
2/18/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 - cell
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog called on the California Department of Managed Health Care to make public all communications between top Department officials and insurance company representatives regarding the treatment of autism.  Currently, many insurers refuse to pay for treatment even though such coverage is required by law....
News Release
1/15/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (310) 392-0522, ext. 324
UPDATE: After receiving clarification from the FPPC, Consumer Watchdog's concerns about public disclosure under the new regulations were eliminated. All new information concerning ballot measure spending will be available in online reports to the public. Santa Monica, California -- Consumer Watchdog applauded new rules approved by the California...
Blog Post
12/16/2008
Posted by Mark Reback
Michael Rothfeld of the LA Times recently highlighted Governor Schwarzenegger's many public appearances this year on behalf of his donors. Rothfeld detailed one of Arnold's main mutual back-scratching arrangements, when in October of this year, Anschutz Entertainment Group completed a two-year project to generate solar power on the Staples Center...