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Blog Post
3/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Harvey Rosenfield, the founder of Consumer Watchdog and the author of California's landmark insurance regulation, is the original expert on making insurance companies friendlier to consumers. So when he outlines a plan to make health insurance more affordable--and combat price spikes like the recent 39% annual increase by Anthem Blue Cross--he's...
News Release
3/8/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Judy Dugan, (310) 392-0522, ext. 305
Insurers Would Get Tens of Millions of New Customers Under Reform, and Owe Americans a Break from Audacious Rate Spikes By Anthem Blue Cross and Others Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to impose a national freeze on health insurance rates before health reform takes effect to protect consumers from premium hikes like...
Blog Post
3/5/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Normal 0 0 1 464 2647 22 5 3250 11.1282 0 0 0 The President called for an up or down vote on health care reform, but I can say from my own experience this week working with Blue Cross patients, who are part of Consumer Watchdog’s lawsuit against the company, that the public has already cast its vote. Go for it, now! At a press conference...
Blog Post
3/3/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
President Obama's "get it done" speech on health reform Wednesday may have been a day late, but I hope it's not a dollar short, as the old saying goes. At least he has one tremendous ally in his call for action by Congress: Anthem Blue Cross, the nation's largest health insurer. The company's outrageous premium increases, not just in...
Blog Post
3/2/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
A few sentences in a Wall Street Journal story Tuesday, on Wellpoint/Blue Cross insurance increases, made my eyes pop. If you take the words at face value, we're heading for a future in which a few very rich sick people will pay $10,000 a month for health insurance and the rest of us can just beg for bandages on the street. The story is about...
News Release
3/2/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Mark Reback, 310-392-0522, ext. 326
Santa Monica, CA - Anthem Blue Cross, the California subsidiary of the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., has used enormous rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage in violation of state law, according to a class action lawsuit filed today by Blue Cross policyholders and consumer...
Blog Post
3/2/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Veteran political cartoonist Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has the solution.... Sometime you gotta laugh when things are bad. But then again, it's also good to take a giant corporation to court. Just like Consumer Watchdog did today with Blue Cross, over all those arms and legs consumers are losing to hang onto increasingly...
Blog Post
3/1/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
President Lyndon Johnson faced hard choices in 1964: Preserve Democrats' majority in Congress, perhaps for decades. Or ram through landmark civil rights legislation proposed by the slain John F. Kennedy, plus Medicare health coverage for seniors--and lose the whole bloc of so-called Southern Democrats, Strom Thurmond among them. Substitute Blue...
Blog Post
3/1/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
I just got off the phone with Consumer Watchdog Boardmember Kathy Olsen, who is in Washington, D.C. today along with her family, and medical malpractice victims and/or their families from four other states, for meetings at the White House with Administration staff regarding limiting the legal rights of innocent victims of medical negligence. The...
News Release
2/25/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Jamie Court, (310) 392-0522 ext. 319
Los Angeles, CA -- Evidence uncovered this week in the Los Angeles trial of Anthem Blue Cross, subsidiary of WellPoint Inc., which denied a grocer payment for an out-of-state liver transplant, shows the insurance giant will only approve exceptions to its in-state transplant network if patients “push back.”    Consumer...