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News Release
2/1/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Consumer Watchdog Also Releases Dozen 'Better Than Nothing' Reforms To Curb Insurance Abuses, Aid States    Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog issued a warning today in a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders against the health reform fallback proposals of some Congressional moderates, including deregulated national...
Blog Post
1/21/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog just finished a big report about all the ways Wall Street is spending money into Congress to neuter financial reform. After all, it was the financial industry that greased the wheels of deregulation in Congress in the decade leading up to the economic meltdown. Now the big banks and Wall Street are sending legions of lobbyists to...
News Release
1/21/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Flood of Dollars Looks Like “Wall Street Buying Votes,” says Watchdog; More Massachusetts-Style Backlash Likely If Consumer Protections Are Dropped Download updated report. Washington, DC – A report released today by Consumer Watchdog on the financial industry’s efforts to neuter the financial reform bill in Congress, and...
Blog Post
1/12/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
California has been a leader in patients rights, largely in response to abuses  by HMOs that, for instance, tried to eject new mothers and babies from the hospital a few hours after giving birth, and attempted to require "drive-by mastectomies."  The federal health reform bill could weaken or do away with all that, including a...
News Release
1/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today, Consumer Watchdog called for strengthened oversight of the health insurance industry and greater affordability protections for consumers in negotiations with the U.S. Senate on final health reform legislation. In the letter, Consumer Watchdog wrote: "With the...
Blog Post
12/31/2009
Posted by Doug Heller
In what might as well be called a perfect ending to the year - and maybe a reasonable summation of the decade - McClatchy is reporting on newly revealed documents from Goldman Sachs that point to a massive ponzi scheme by the Wall Street titan. (Credit to Truthdig for putting it on our radar.)  By now it's clear that Goldman played the Fed...
Blog Post
12/23/2009
Carmen Balber
As the work days blend into holidays, I hope you'll enjoy the holiday cheer of the Bailout Carolers:   You can download some of their carols for your own holiday fun from National People's Action.  Reminds me of Bailout Carols we sang in Sacramento in 2001, back when California's utility bailout (and Wall Street's manipulations of the...
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...
News Release
12/16/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman, (310) 392-0522, ext. 318; or Doug Heller, ext. 309
Campaign for Consumer Rights Warns Soldiers, Seniors and other Californians Would Be Penalized For Having a Lapse in Insurance Coverage, Even If They Weren't Driving (News Release by the Campaign for Consumer Rights) Santa Monica, CA — Auto Insurance giant Mercury Insurance is submitting signatures this week to place its deceptive...
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...