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Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The level of straight talk in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius is breathtaking. Bottom line: Do the critics harping against regulation in the health care market--and attacking Sebelius personally--want to go back to letting insurance companies do what they please? Here's the lead: In the last two weeks, my...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The insurance industry is going directly to the White House in its latest attempt to evade a key portion of the health reform law that would force them to operate more efficiently. But instead of making the argument directly, the industry is speaking through state insurance commissioners that are either friendly to insurance companies or cowed by...
News Release
9/14/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0522 ext. 327; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC – The California consumer group that pioneered the nation's toughest property casualty insurance regulation called on President Obama today to use his federal regulatory authority and state ballot measure processes to stop health insurers from arbitrarily raising rates on Americans.   "The health insurance industry...
Blog Post
9/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
I can't remember seeing any kind of federal response to health premium increases, so a letter Thursday from Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius (thanks to Igor Volsky at Wonkroom for the tip) is unusual not just for its tough language, but because it exists at all. In a letter to Karen Ignani, president of the insurance industry...
Blog Post
9/8/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
If you believe that health insurance companies will really go broke if they don't get 20% premium increases during a deep recession, raise your hand. Ah, the one hand I see raised is Karen Ignagni's. She's the top lobbyist for the health insurance industry, and president of America's Health Insurance Plans. She's pleading for Congress not to...
News Release
8/31/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989; or Carmen Balber, (310) 403-0284
Santa Monica, CA -- Some of the top Democratic recipients of health insurance cash teamed up with Republicans in the California state senate late Monday to block health insurance premium legislation authored by state Assembly Members Dave Jones and Mike Feuer. Overall health insurers have given $800,218 in campaign contributions to California...
News Release
8/30/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075; or Jerry Flanagan, (310) 392-0522, ext 319
Actuarial Soundness” Defense Protects Insurers At Expense of Rate Regulation, Consumer Watchdog Says Los Angeles, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross’s defense of its recent controversial premium increases will be codified in law under eleventh hour legislation by San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, SB 1163, just as the California legislature...
Blog Post
8/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Wouldn't it be great if we could all deduct our federal income and investment taxes from next year's income? And if we could also deduct that stress-reducing trip to a spa in Bora Bora? And if the government would just take our word for it? Fantasy for us, but the health insurance industry think that's what federal health reform ought to allow, on...
News Release
8/16/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175, cell, or judy@consumerwatchdog.org
Insurance Commissioners and Obama Administration Must Resist More Weakening of Curbs on Industry Overhead and Profit, Says Consumer Watchdog Seattle, WA --The nation’s state insurance commissioners are making far-reaching decisions in Seattle this week on whether health insurance companies will spend more on health care, less on their own...
News Release
8/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043; or Judy Dugan, (213) 280-0175 (cell)
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog called on the Obama Administration to adopt new regulations requiring broad financial disclosures by health insurance companies to help insulate Americans from double-digit rate increases. Insurers should provide details of shadowy multibillion-dollar transfers to out-of-state affiliates and parent...