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Blog Post
2/24/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
When Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly doesn't like a question, she's a regular Houdini of evasion and blame-shifting. Her testimony in front of Congress today managed to turn denial of health care into "efficiency" and put the blame for 39% yearly premium increases onto Blue Cross policyholders who dared to get sick. Braly described the...
News Release
2/24/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912
Group Urges House Subcommittee to Expand Hearings, Investigate Possible Insurer 'Shell Games' in Justifying Massive Premium Increases Washington D.C. -- The House subcommittee grilling Blue Cross chief executive Angela Braly today should expand its financial examination of Blue Cross and its parent, Wellpoint, to include billions of...
News Release
2/23/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912 (cell); or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522 x305
Citing Public Mistrust, Group Calls For Release of All Documents Obtained in Commissioner’s Investigation of 39% Premium Increases   Sacramento, CA — Consumer Watchdog today condemned Blue Cross’s transfer of $2.8 billion to its parent company since 2007, including approximately $719.5 million in 2009 alone, as a way of...
Blog Post
2/23/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
As pressure builds toward Thursday's "bipartisan" presidential summit on health care reform, some Capitol Hill staffers have reported receiving calls from the White House claiming the President is ready to give up the legal rights of medical malpractice victims for GOP support. What's wrong with the trade-off? LA's local NPR talk radio...
News Release
2/22/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- The consumer group that pioneered the most successful insurance premium regulation law in the nation, California's Proposition 103, today said only the extension of such "prior approval" regulation to health insurance can begin to make insurance affordable in the wake of double digit premium increases that have...
News Release
2/22/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912
National Health Care Reformers Should Pay Attention to Lawsuit Alleging That Nation's Largest Insurer Denies Liver Transplants Automatically   Los Angeles, CA -- A trial beginning today targeting the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., and its California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, illustrates how difficult, and how...
Blog Post
2/16/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Kevin Sack hits it right on the head in today's New York Times with his story about how Anthem's 39% premium increase in California embodies the need for health care reform, just as my colleague Dugan did last week when she talked about how Anthem had "jumped the shark." Some of my colleagues at Consumer Watchdog spent the weekend...
News Release
2/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912
Los Angeles, CA - Anthem Blue Cross's announcement today that it will temporarily suspend a premium increase of up to 39% or more should not deter the California Legislature from taking immediate action to regulate health insurance premium increases, said Consumer Watchdog. Other California health insurers -- including Blue Shield of California...
Blog Post
2/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Yeah, you know the phrase: You've "jumped the shark" by doing something too monumentally stupid to be believed: Like when the Fonz, with leather jacket still affixed, water-skied over the man-eating shark in "Happy Days". Blue Cross's shark-jumper was its 39% health insurance premium hikes, as other prices flatlined or dropped...
News Release
2/9/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Consumer Watchdog Also Warns Against Insurer-favored 'Cost Solution': Selling Policies That Amount To 'A Cardboard Box to Replace Our Apartment' Washington, DC -- Blue Cross has opened an opportunity for lawmakers and regulators with its premium hikes of up to 39% in California, said Consumer Watchdog. In the face of questions from the White...