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News Release
3/12/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica – Health care generated $35.7 million in lobbyist spending in 2011, more than any other industry in California, and Kaiser was the largest spender at $3.5 million, according to a California Healthline analysis of state records released today. A ballot initiative proposed by consumer advocates would prohibit insurance companies...
Blog Post
11/26/2011
By Jamie Court
The Los Angeles Times coverage today of CW founder Harvey Rosenfield and our proposed ballot measure to make health insurance companies publicly justify their rates before raising them drew an angry response from the health insurance industry. What does the Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act do and how can you help?...
Blog Post
11/9/2011
By Jamie Court
We just filed our ballot initiative to make health insurance companies open their books and publicly justify, under penalty of perjury, proposed rate changes before they take effect. If we collect 504,760 signatures to qualify the measure, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on The Insurance Rate Public Justification And...
Blog Post
9/29/2011
By Jamie Court
The Kaiser Family Foundation reported this week that health insurance premiums spiked 9% last year and surpassed $15,000 per year for a family of four. Employees are paying 168% more for their employer-sponsored health insurance than 13 years ago (vs 38% for inflation). Yet another painful reminder of the need to rein in California's...
Blog Post
9/26/2011
By Jamie Court
Thanks to your support, we ran the television advertisement about California State Senator Ed Hernandez about 300 times during the past week. Your vote was overwhelmingly in support of continuing the advertisement, and with your help we made an important point. Patients should matter more in Sacramento and the health insurance complex should...
Video
9/22/2011
Consumer Watchdog is running this TV ad in the district of CA State Senator Ed Hernandez after the revelation that he has received more than $350,000 from the states' largest health care plan, Kaiser, while chairing the CA Senate Health Committee. The video shows his insensitivity to a constituent who could not afford his health insurance...
News Release
9/19/2011
CONTACT Douglas Heller + Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog is sponsoring television ads in the San Gabriel Valley district of California State Senator Ed Hernandez to expose the fact that Hernandez, the Chair of the Senate Health Committee, has earned more than $350,000 in rental income for the state’s largest health plan, Kaiser. “This level...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
By Jamie Court
The San Francisco Chronicle reported this morning on the front page about the landmark insurance reform we expect to be spending the next fifteen months working for. Insurance companies, the legislature and recent court rulings have all turned against consumers, much like they had in 1988, when California voters struck back with the...
Blog Post
8/23/2011
By Judy Dugan
Industry-friendly appointees of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continue to hold undue power at the California Health Benefits Exchange--the key body that is already deciding how Californians will get their health care under full federal reform in 2014. The Schwarzenegger appointees are Kim Belshe (former head of the Dept. of Managed Health...
News Release
7/22/2011
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Starting next month, GEICO will begin implementing a 10.7% overall rate decrease for its California automobile insurance policyholders.  GEICO originally asked the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for a 4% increase to its automobile insurance rates, but the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog challenged the hike....