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News Release
10/20/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043 or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
State Insurance Commissioners to Vote Thursday, Send Recommendations to HHS Washington, DC – As the insurance industry lobbies state insurance commissioners in Orlando to weaken modest regulations on health insurance premiums, Consumer Watchdog’s leaders reiterated their call for President Obama to place a moratorium on premium...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
CW's friend Wendell Potter, a flat-out expert on how health insurance companies behave and how their lobby infiltrates government, has a report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla. Most interesting numbers: there are 28 consumer advocates, and more than a thousand health insurance and allied...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
In years past, a profit result like United HealthCare's 26% increase in the third quarter would spike the stock price. Not so on Tuesday, because investors are worried that insurance companies' profit rocket will slow down next year as health reform requirements kick in. That, in a nutshell, is why the insurance industry is spending tens of...
Blog Post
10/15/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Death and taxes may be inevitable in life, but in politics what's inevitable is that you will have to face public opinion and the Constitution. President Obama is rightfully having to confront both over the worst flip-flop of his presidency: his endorsement of mandatory health insurance purchases. As the New York Times reports, courts are...
Blog Post
10/11/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The passage of a law means nothing to the lobbying industry. It only means refocusing on regulators, and if that fails, changing the law that was passed. Lobbyists for health insurance brokers are in the middle stage: demanding that the White House protect their big sales commissions--up to 20s on each policy-- by crippling a key part of the law....
News Release
10/8/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...
Blog Post
10/5/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
70 million Americans who get health insurance through their employer cannot take their insurance company to court when the insurer doesn't provide the benefits it promised, even if the insurer's decision to delay or deny life-saving treatment results in an employee's death. Now the federal health reform law requires every American to prove they...
News Release
10/1/2010
CONTACT Doug Heller, 310-392-0708
Leno/Schwarzenegger Bill Uses Insurance Industry's Chosen Language For Evaluating Premium Hikes Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies pursuing rate hikes in California received a boost yesterday with the signing of SB 1163 by Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco).  The bill, amended in the final days of the 2010 legislative...
Blog Post
9/29/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Obama's mad about insurers blaming his health care plan for big rate hikes, but he doesn't have to take it anymore. He can and should issue an executive order to stop the rate hikes immediately. A Blue Cross policyholder emailed me last night about her recent 20 percent rate hike. She's now being pushed into a policy that costs much more and comes...
News Release
9/29/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to issue an Executive Order freezing health insurance premiums to protect consumers from unjustified and unreasonable increases until new rules under the health reform law requiring public justification of unreasonable premium hikes take effect.   Recently announced health insurance...