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10/27/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
My blackberry picture is a little too blurry to do them justice, but this is Scott, Steve and Kathy Olsen at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol building last week (you can see the Supreme Court building in the background) to urge members of Congress to keep limits on patients’ legal rights out of the health care bill... My...
Archived Article
9/12/2008
As told by Dawn Rich
Back in 2004, I had Kaiser health insurance through my employer. I was diagnosed late that year with a fibroid uterine tumor and the doctors said I needed a hysterectomy. After the surgery that December, at Kaiser in Santa Rosa, my cervical bleeding never stopped, and I have it to this day. I was fatigued, had dizzy spells, first rarely and...
Archived Article
8/22/2008
Consumer Watchdog
[Editor’s note: When 15-year-old Dawn Marie Esposito of Lincoln Park, N.J., was hospitalized with a head injury after a car accident, doctors assured her parents that it wasn’t potentially fatal. But days later, she suddenly and “inexplicably” died. It was only later, after seeking legal help, that they found out the likely...
Archived Article
6/29/2006
Consumer Watchdog
Dana Stinson - Seal Beach, CA At the peak of her nursing career, Dana Stinson was permanently disabled by a disastrous surgery and the doctor's subsequent attempt to cover up her mistakes. Now, Dana will never care for another patient. Dana went in for her yearly OB/GYN visit in 2002. Her doctor discovered abnormal growths in her uterus and...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Like other passengers on the RX Express, Tom Garbin hopes to get a prescription drug in Canada at a lower price than he would pay in California. In his case, it's Neurontin, which helps alleviate pain from a hereditary foot disease. But Tom has another reason for going: He wants to use the bully pulpit the train provides to argue that the American...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Tom Garbin, a 60-year-old comedian from Australia who came to the United States a quarter of a century ago, is anything but amused at the way his health care provider has treated him over the past five years. First it stalled him relentlessly as he tried to get authorization for treatment, a series of delays that in one case almost cost him his...
Archived Article
3/1/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Jessie Geyer - Antioch, CA A few days before Halloween 7-year-old Jessie Geyer began to feel lousy. She had a high fever and severe leg pain. It was bad enough feeling sick, but the second grader worried that she might have to miss out on the Halloween parade at her school, as well as trick or treating. Her illness worsened and she realized she...
Archived Article
2/28/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Janet Mitchell - Orange, CA One day in the early 1990s, Janet Mitchell's doctor took her aside and told her that the doctor who had operated on her leg 15 years earlier had botched the job, and that mistake was responsible for the years of suffering that followed. The doctor who spilled the beans knew what he was talking about; he had been...
Archived Article
6/9/2003
Consumer Watchdog
Cynthia Smith - Concord, California Cynthia Smith always had been active, despite having multiple sclerosis most of her life. She grew up in Vermont, where she ice skated and joined in all the other outdoor activities that people do in cold climes. As an adult, she remained vigorous, training horses among other things. Now, at 58, Cynthia sits in...
Archived Article
5/19/2003
Consumer Watchdog
John Enzenauer - El Sobrante, California Just before Christmas two years ago, John Enzenauer, 39, came home from his blue-collar job feeling lousy. He didn't worry much about it: Just a mild case of the flu, he figured. Two days after Christmas, he was dead, leaving this life in the middle of the night while the Christmas wrapping still lay strewn...