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I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of...
Political Bloggers Will Have To Disclose Secret Funding Under Rules State Campaign Regulators Consider Today
Sacramento, CA – Now-hidden payments to political bloggers will have to be disclosed if the Fair Political Practices Commission approves a proposed regulation to increase campaign transparency today. The rule would require campaign committees to disclose any...
Physicians’ Lobby Kills Bill To Suspend Privileges of Doctors Whose Prescribing Led To Overdose Deaths
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Association blocked another bill aimed at improving patient safety yesterday, prompting consumer advocates and families harmed by dangerous doctors to consider amending a pending patient safety ballot measure to include...
Santa Monica, CA -- USA Today analyzed a decade of physician discipline records and found endemic problems at the nation's medical boards that have failed to take action against thousands of dangerous doctors despite "findings of serious misconduct that puts...
Santa Monica, CA – The Field Poll released a survey today finding that 50% of California voters have difficulty affording health care, and 73% say insurance costs are the most difficult to afford. California voters will soon have the chance to make health...
Santa Monica, CA – Fifteen women and mothers whose lives have been devastated by medical negligence wrote to the CEOs of Planned Parenthood today asking them to reverse a position that is devastating to women’s health and access to justice in California....
Doctors’ Lobby Guts Patient Safety Reforms As New Evidence Reveals Rampant Narcotics Over-Prescribing by Physicians
Santa Monica, CA – Two major patient safety bills passed a key Assembly committee this morning only after being stripped of key protections after heavy lobbying by the California Medical Association. A Los Angeles Times investigation this week further exposed...
Father Who Filed Ballot Measure To Redeem Children’s Death Challenges Doctor Who Heads Medical Association To Debate and Stop Demeaning His Children’s Memory
Danville, CA – Bob Pack today wrote Dr. Paul Phinney, head of the California Medical Association, with hard words over Phinney’s refusal to acknowledge his family’s suffering and that of other medical negligence victims in his public response to Pack...
Father Who Lost Young Children Files Ballot Initiative To Address Patient Safety Issues Behind Deaths; Drug Testing And Doctor Accountability Included
Danville, CA -- Bob Pack, who lost his seven year old daughter and ten year old son on a roadside nine years ago, filed a ballot measure in California today to address the drug overdose and physician accountability issues at the heart of his family’s tragedy....
Consumer Watchdog's Public Comment On Health Net's CA "Exchange" Rates The main provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect in just six months. Any Californian who cannot afford health insurance, or is paying too much now, or has...