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Blog Post
10/15/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Death and taxes may be inevitable in life, but in politics what's inevitable is that you will have to face public opinion and the Constitution. President Obama is rightfully having to confront both over the worst flip-flop of his presidency: his endorsement of mandatory health insurance purchases. As the New York Times reports, courts are...
Blog Post
10/13/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
If you walk through the heart of Times Square today and look up at the 520 sq. ft. CBS superscreen on 42nd St., you're going to be introduced to the largest oil company you've never heard of: Koch Industries. Consumer Watchdog is running a 30 second commercial parodying a Coca Cola advertisement on a Times Square superscreen that challenges Koch (...
News Release
10/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
News Release
10/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075, or jamie@consumerwatchdog.org
New York, NY -- A national consumer group is running a 30 second commercial on a Times Square Superscreen that challenges Koch Industries, "the largest oil company you've never heard of," for its record of environmental degradation, political influence, Tea Party funding and climate change denial. The parody of a Coca Cola commercial...
News Release
10/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-7051 or 213-280-0175; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0708
Top Prop 23 Funder Doesn’t Want Greentech Competition To Get in Way of Profiteering Santa Monica, CA – A new report by Consumer Watchdog's OilWatchdog.org project finds that Valero Energy reaped over $4.5 billion in refining profit while gouging California motorists since it bought its second California refinery in 2002. The oil...
Blog Post
10/11/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The passage of a law means nothing to the lobbying industry. It only means refocusing on regulators, and if that fails, changing the law that was passed. Lobbyists for health insurance brokers are in the middle stage: demanding that the White House protect their big sales commissions--up to 20s on each policy-- by crippling a key part of the law....
Blog Post
10/8/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Support for Do Not Track Me legislation is growing in Washington with the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission telling ABC's Good Morning America on Friday that "one of the things we are thinking about is a Do Not Track List." The idea is to allow consumers to opt out of having their Web activities tracked by companies wanting to to...
News Release
10/8/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...
Blog Post
10/4/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Californians, including those stricken by autism, and their parents and caregivers, expect regulators to enforce the law, not to side with insurance companies seeking to boost their profits by denying patients the care they need. Governor Schwarzenegger, however, a longtime and vocal supporter of the Special Olympics and developmentally disabled...
News Release
10/1/2010
CONTACT Doug Heller, 310-392-0708
Leno/Schwarzenegger Bill Uses Insurance Industry's Chosen Language For Evaluating Premium Hikes Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies pursuing rate hikes in California received a boost yesterday with the signing of SB 1163 by Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco).  The bill, amended in the final days of the 2010 legislative...