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Blog Post
3/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Who says legislative procedure is dull? The final machinations leading to a health care vote have me by the throat: What arcane rules will prevail? Which way will the bloody cage match over the shrinking number of House swing votes go? In the background is a shocking loss of health insurance in California. Yet one of the weirdest developments is a...
News Release
3/10/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC -- Harvey Rosenfield, author of California’s landmark insurance regulation Proposition 103—recognized as the most successful insurance regulation in the country—was joined today by people struggling to pay for health insurance in calling on President Obama and Congress to impose a national freeze on health...
Blog Post
3/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Sarah Palin, the Cruella DeVille of anti-government-health care, got a big blip of attention over the story how her family hopped the border from Skagway, Alaska, into the Yukon Territory for "free" Canadian government health care when Palin was a child. Maybe it was just a story: Canadian newspapers noted that Palin has also described...
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
3/2/2010
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
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...
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...