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10/30/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates and victims of medical negligence released a new Yes on 46 TV ad today featuring a sweating, shaky surgeon who runs out of the operating room and dramatizes the potentially deadly risks of physician substance abuse. The ad, “Need A Drink?” also warns voters about the $100 million that the...
News Release
10/30/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
FRESNO, CA: Dr. Flores had a history of arrests for domestic violence, possession of narcotics, and being under the influence -- including DUIs. The Medical Board began an investigation into Dr. Flores' suspicious prescriptions of controlled narcotics to eight patients, without proper documentation or proof of examination. These drugs included...
News Release
10/29/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
MURRIETA, CA: In July 2013, Dr. Vreeke was on duty, working as an anesthesiologist. Unfortunately, she was also impaired on a drug she had stolen from work that she had administered to herself intravenously. She was discovered and sent home. However, the next day she came back to work and stole three vials of drugs before returning home. The...
News Release
10/29/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
San Francisco, CA—Consumer Watchdog, the California Nurses Association and supporters of Yes on Proposition 45 delivered a truckload of steer manure to health insurance industry executives who gathered at the Fairmont Hotel today to fete former Kaiser CEO George Halvorson. “We’re here to return to the health insurance CEOs who...
News Release
10/29/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
San Diego, CA - Today the Civility Project, an organization that evaluates political advertisements, awarded the Yes on 46 campaign an A- for its ad featuring Sen. Barbara Boxer while it gave the No campaign a "C" for its ad paid for by insurance companies that have spent $44 million to oppose the measure. The “No” ad,...
News Release
10/28/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- After suspicious behavior and inconsistencies were revealed in a routine audit of controlled substances, Dr. Trindle was asked to submit to a drug test. He tested positive for Fentanyl. At the time, Dr. Trindle was participating in a now-defunct diversion program for substance abusing physicians. Doctors were allowed to...
News Release
10/28/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA—Spanish language newspaper La Opinion endorsed Prop 45 over the weekend joining more than a dozen other newspapers supporting Yes on 45 on behalf of six million individuals and small businesses that health insurance companies are price gouging on premiums. “Proposition 45 seeks to expand the power of the California...
News Release
10/28/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Federation of California, the California Nurses Association and price-gouged policyholders condemned menacing health insurance company mailers against Proposition 45 today as a new Hoover Institution Poll puts Proposition 45 ahead by 12 points, 42% to 30% just seven days before the Election....
News Release
10/27/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog Campaign today announced that advertising has begun for Yes on Proposition 45, which would give the elected insurance commissioner power to veto excessive health insurance rates. The David v Goliath campaign has been outspent by insurance companies by more than 25 to 1.   The Yes On Prop 45 advertising...
News Release
10/27/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
CENTRAL VALLEY, CA: In 2008, Dr. Hoffmann was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. She was pulled over and a test showed her blood alcohol level was at .10%, over the legal limit of .08%. After a criminal trial, Dr. Hoffmann was convicted of a DUI and sentenced to two days in jail and was required to abstain from alcohol. However, when she...