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News Release
9/20/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Three Northern California newspapers have endorsed Proposition 45, comparing it to California’s landmark insurance reform initiative Proposition 103 that has saved drivers tens of billions of dollars over the last 25 years and ensured some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation.  “Proposition 45...
News Release
9/11/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court, Carmen Balber, & Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA — The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding from voters in deceptive new campaign advertising that violates disclosure laws and should be pulled from the radio, said Consumer Watchdog. Campaign disclosure law requires initiative committees to...
Video
9/11/2014
Proposition 45 reached the footsteps of Blue Shield's office in San Francisco. Prop 45 supporters are upset Blue Shield bought a luxury sky box for 49ers games, and they say the nonprofit health insurer should not be spending money on luxury suites.
News Release
9/4/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that a one-minute radio advertisement released by health insurance companies opposed to Prop 45's health insurance rate regulation provisions fraudulently misrepresents the advertisement’s backers, the ballot measure, and the current state of the law governing regulation of health...
Article
8/22/2014
Joe McFadden, Mountain View, CA
“The letter stated directly that I would be getting $376 in savings…. When my first invoice arrived, I was shocked to see that the monthly premium was $2,300 -- almost double the rate quoted in the initial letter!” The health insurance plan I’ve been on for years was cancelled due to the ACA. Like many people, I didn...
News Release
8/20/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned today that the 69% public approval rating in the latest Field poll for Prop 45 means that consumers will almost certainly face an avalanche of deceptive insurance company ads designed to scare and confuse voters. Health insurance companies have raised over $37 million against Prop 45 and are...
News Release
8/14/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Rob Leonard
SANTA MONICA, CA – Kaiser’s announcement of a 40 percent increase in profits to $2.1 billion for the first half of this year is the latest in a string of hefty health insurer profit reports that illustrate why Proposition 45’s protections against price gouging are desperately needed, said Consumer Watchdog today. Proposition 45...
News Release
8/11/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The report of HealthNet’s $120.9 million second quarter profit, which is 4 times its 2013 second quarter profit, is yet another reminder, amid a slew of massive health insurer profit reports, of the need for Proposition 45’s protections from health insurer profiteering said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today....
Article
8/9/2014
Judy Graff Fisher, Studio City, CA
“We frantically thought through all of our options… this kind of rate increase would send us over the edge.” I’m an independent contractor, and one of the things I love about what I do is my autonomy and independence. My experience with Anthem Blue Cross jeopardized everything that I had built.  At the beginning of...
Article
8/8/2014
Linda Raffel, Los Angeles
“I’m getting $196 worth of health insurance for $854.” I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and now live in the Miracle Mile area. In 2004 I was paying $196 a month for the individual PPO plan that I’ve had for many years. Now, my rate is $854 a month, which means that in the last ten years my premium has more than...