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Blog Post
12/7/2012
By Carmen Balber
Reporters largely missed the point of a Commonwealth Fund study released this week, that looked at consumer savings under Obamacare's 80-20 rule, the rule making insurance companies spend at least 80% of your premiums on health care, not overhead.  The authors started with a fact we already knew -- that health insurance companies had to...
Blog Post
11/8/2012
By Carmen Balber
Lost in the ongoing election postmortem was this report yesterday from the Congressional Budget Office that a bill being pushed by the insurance industry and its salespeople to eliminate one of the strongest consumer protections in the health reform law would increase the deficit by more than $1 billion and raise health insurance costs for...
Blog Post
1/5/2012
By Carmen Balber
I'm starting to recognize that guy behind the podium. President Obama took a strong stand for consumers not once, but twice, yesterday, first when he did an endrun around Wall Street (and Senate) obstructionists to finalize the appointment of his nominee to head the new financial consumer watchdog agency, and again when his Dept. of Health...
News Release
12/15/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Judy Dugan
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded the Obama Administration’s decision to reject a bid by politicians in the state of Florida to evade a key consumer protection rule in the health reform law that requires insurance companies to reduce bloated bureaucracies and excessive profits to spend more on actual health care....
Blog Post
11/29/2011
By Carmen Balber
The Obama administration yesterday rejected efforts by Indiana and Louisiana to evade the only rule in the federal health reform law that requires insurance companies to cut back on excessive waste, salaries and profits. Indiana and Louisiana wanted to exempt insurers in their states from the rule requiring health insurance companies to spend...
News Release
11/14/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog joined national consumer groups to mobilize members today and demand that state insurance commissioners reject a proposal to increase health insurance industry sales commissions and profits at the expense of individuals struggling to pay for insurance. Consumer Watchdog called on state insurance regulators to...