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News Release
2/1/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Consumer Watchdog Also Releases Dozen 'Better Than Nothing' Reforms To Curb Insurance Abuses, Aid States    Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog issued a warning today in a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders against the health reform fallback proposals of some Congressional moderates, including deregulated national...
News Release
1/26/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog urged President Obama to watch Sunday’s Dateline NBC documentary on patients who have insurance but not adequate coverage, then pledge in his State of the Union address tomorrow to deal with the lack of legal accountability for insurers and lack of adequate representation for consumers in the federal...
Blog Post
1/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The Washington Post today has an eye-opening story today on how a family ended up in crushing debt at an "in-network" hospital apparently jammed with out-of-network doctors. Tens of thousands of dollars later, their little boy's rare and deadly heart defect is at least semi-fixed, but the family finances are in ruins. It's a problem that...
Blog Post
1/18/2010
Judy Dugan
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said little about health care, though the one fragment that is quoted leaves no doubt about where he stood: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and the most inhumane.” The quote is hard to confirm (see notes below), but health care proponents losing ground to a fear...
News Release
1/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today, Consumer Watchdog called for strengthened oversight of the health insurance industry and greater affordability protections for consumers in negotiations with the U.S. Senate on final health reform legislation. In the letter, Consumer Watchdog wrote: "With the...
Blog Post
1/5/2010
Judy Dugan
It's clear that any final version of health reform will be controlled by private, largely for-profit insurance companies. Their aim, once you strip out the P.R., is to make more money, not to give you better care. To keep fighting back, we need the help of insiders--the people who know the secrets of the health insurance industry. Former corporate...
Blog Post
12/31/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Those of us who spend a lot of time watching insurance companies are worried about a seemingly innocuous provision in the Senate health reform bill: Insurance companies and employers could provide up to a 50% "discount" for "wellness" in the major health reform bill. My thought: Who is it that insurance companies want to...
Blog Post
12/29/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Health insurers, hospitals and even some state-level doctor groups are gearing up for the next battle against reform, in state capitols. So, just as insurance companies used your ever-rising premium dollars to coerce their employees into lobbying against a public option and a Medicare expansion, they'll spend lavishly in the states to stop...
Blog Post
12/28/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
I've been reading the latest amendments to the Senate health bill, hunting for overlooked lobbyist time bombs in the fine print but finding some reasons to hope as well. Of course, since the insurance companies and medical industry killed the public option and a Medicare buy-in for people over 55, they can just sit back and wait for millions of...
News Release
12/17/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Judy Dugan, (310) 392-0522, ext. 305
Washington, D.C. -- A briefly considered “Medicare buy-in” proposal for 55- to 64-year-olds was apparently killed in the Senate this week by self-styled moderates who claimed it would be too costly for taxpayers. While a requested study of costs by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not yet been released, a CBO study of a...