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News Release
12/17/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington D.C. -- Key members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a warning to Senate and House leaders that the fine print of the Senate health reform bill would strip many states, including California and Maine, of hard-won patient rights and benefit requirements, reported Consumer Watchdog.   The letter, signed by all of the...
Blog Post
12/16/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
This sizzling editorial (two words you can't often use together) in the New York Times lays out the damage Sen. Joe Lieberman has singlehandedly done to health reform. It's the best argument you could find for following the call of my colleague, Jamie Court, to dump the Senate's 60-vote "filibuster rule" that lets industry mouthpieces...
News Release
12/15/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Consumer Watchdog Calls For Preserving State Authority, Ban on Annual Benefit Limits, & Effective Rate Regulation   WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog condemned the removal of the Medicare buy-in provision for those over 55 and the public option from the U.S. Senate health reform bill.  But the group said that the Senate must...
Blog Post
12/14/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
If the White House really wants historic health care reform and climate change legislation, there is one good alternative left. Change the number of votes to stop a filibuster in the US Senate to 57 from the current 60 votes. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's call for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed to cut a deal with Senator Joe...
Blog Post
12/14/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
When Sen. Joe Lieberman said last week that he might favor a health reform bill that traded away a "public option" for letting people over 55 buy into Medicare, he must not have checked with his bosses first. Now that the insurance industry has come out against it, so has Joe. After all, it's his home state industry and he must do as it...
Blog Post
12/11/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The health insurance industry is using Facebook for the equivalent of buying votes for cash at the polling booth. Business Insider tells us: Health insurance industry trade groups opposed to President Obama's health care reform bill are paying Facebook users fake money -- called "virtual currency" -- to send letters to Congress...
Blog Post
12/10/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
What does Republican Party chair Michael Steele have to say about health reform? "Delay, stall, slow down and ultimately stop [the bill]." That's the ultimate synchronization with the health insurance industry's business plan: Delay approval until the patient quits trying. Stall payment to doctors until they tear their hair out. Go slow...
News Release
12/10/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, x305; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Message demands that workers "confirm with your supervisor" that they will attend online meeting with top corporate lobbyist   Washington, D.C. -- An e-mail sent Wednesday to employees of United Health Group uses highly coercive language to urge workers  to attend a web presentation by the company’s top lobbyist, said...
Blog Post
12/8/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The end game of the health reform bill in the Senate, with furious bargaining inside the Democratic Party, looks a lot like moving out of a house you've lived in for 20 years: As the moving truck pulls up, stuff you thought you couldn't live without ends up in the trash. By the end of the day, or the week, the weakened and worn-down public health...
Blog Post
12/7/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The Senate took up the right to abortion in the health reform debate today, with a proposal by Sen. Ben Nelson of Colorado to mirror the punitive restrictions in the House version. Except for Nelson, who was a rabidly anti-choice governor, not one other senator had the guts to speak in favor of a measure they fully intend to vote for. Total...