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News Release
8/27/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Douglas Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog’s Executive Director Douglas Heller issued the following statement about Insurance Commissioner Poizner’s announced suit to block the sale of State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) assets. “The Insurance Commissioner and Department of Insurance regulators play a vital role in protecting...
Blog Post
12/2/2008
Posted By Jamie Court
This organization drew heat from some of our friends over the last year for tangling with then-Speaker of the California Assembly Fabian Nunez -- over his support for Governor Schwarzenegger's mandatory private health insurance plan, his flawed term limits extension initiative and his campaign contributor-financed junkets. Why, some of our...
Blog Post
9/25/2008
Posted by Mark Reback
Americans are sounding off in record numbers to Congress with strong disapproval of the proposed federal bailout of Wall Street, at taxpayer expense. Here’s a sampling of some of the comments we’ve received: Richard from Huntington Beach, CA: “This makes our family so angry. YOU cannot get a loan for a business or home that is...
Blog Post
9/18/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
AIG’s near collapse has at least one silver lining: the US House took HR 5840 (Kanjorski, D-PA) off the floor yesterday. The bill would allow the treasury department to override state regulation of the insurance industry. (Consumer Watchdog’s letter to Rep. Kanjorski is here.) Kudos to Representatives Speier (D-CA) and Kucinich (D-OH...
Blog Post
9/12/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Governor Schwarzenegger should sign a bill that prohibits workers' compensation insurance companies from discriminating against people based on their race, age, sex or genetics. You'd think that was already the law, but (as I wrote in the spring) insurers have been using workers' personal characteristics - like the fact that women are more prone...
Blog Post
4/1/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s proposal for a newly created federal insurance regulator, and the “option” of a federal insurance charter for insurance companies, is a back door route to deregulation of the insurance industry.   Strong oversight by state insurance regulators protects consumers at the same time as it keeps...
Blog Post
3/11/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
The state Senate passed legislation yesterday - SB 1115 - to roll back one of the more odious limits on compensation for injured workers approved with the governor's workers compensation package in 2004. Doctors are now using a provision in the law that allows them to apportion fault for an injury to blame a person's age, race or genetics for the...
Blog Post
2/19/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Dean Calbreath in the San Diego Union-Tribune shines a spotlight today on the overt discrimination based on age, race and gender that's going on under the workers' compensation "reform" championed by the governor in 2004. Thanks to the changes, workers' compensation insurers are raking in big profits. Rather than regulating workers' comp...
Blog Post
7/8/2004
Doug Heller
By signing a worker's comp "reform" law that failed to provide any regulatory controls over the insurance companies that have been jacking up California businesses' premiums in recent years, we thought Arnold had done all he could to repay the workers' comp insurers that donated over half a million to his campaigns. Perhaps we...
Blog Post
4/14/2004
Doug Heller
ArnoldWatch hears that the real deal in Sacramento has nothing to do with the language of the workers' comp bill itself but with a political agreement on another measure. Tipsters tell us that in exchange for Democratic support on Arnold's version of the workers' comp law, Arnold will agree not to fight to overturn SB 2 -- the 2003 law mandating...