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1/1/2000
Jamie Court
Feature
1/1/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Insurance Policyholders and Patients Lack A Voice in Insurance and Healthcare Ratemaking and Policy Proceedings Insurance companies spend millions to advocate for higher rates and weaker consumer protections by hiring accountants, lawyers, auditors and other experts that critically outnumber and drown out the voices of consumer advocates at key...
Feature
1/1/2000
Jamie Court
From Making a Killing: HMOs and the Threat to Your Health Corporate medicine is, by self-admission, intent on shackling health care expenses by doctors and other medical professionals against the interests of patients. For the patient denied treatment, this is an adversarial system. Unfortunately, a seriously ill patient in need of a medical...
Feature
9/1/1999
Jamie Court and Francis Smith
Feature
12/31/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Quackenbush and the 1994 Campaign for Insurance Commissioner In May 1994, Quackenbush said in a press interview, "You can't take company money from [the insurance industry]. You regulate them. The conflict there is difficult to explain to the voters." He later went on to accept over $2.5 million from the industry for his campaign and has...
Feature
10/1/1998
Consumer Watchdog
Proposition 9 -- sponsored by FTCR, The Utility Reform Network, Consumers Union and The Public Media Center -- would have provided consumer protections and rate relief from the California deregulation law. The initiative was opposed by the state's three utilties, which spent $40 million against the measure, as well as the state Democratic and...