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Blog Post
1/15/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

California's health care system is broken. Health insurance premiums rose a whopping 153.5% since 2002, more than five times the rate of inflation. Health insurance companies set premiums in secret, and don't tell anyone how or why they raise our rates. It...
Blog Post
1/13/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Federal health insurance regulators announced yesterday that the health insurance company Trustmark is trying to impose unreasonable rate hikes - that will mean multiple premium increases this year adding up to over 27% for some patients - on nearly 10,000 thousand...
Blog Post
1/5/2012
Posted 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...
News Release
1/4/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance premiums for California families rose 153% since 2002, more than five times the 29% increase in the rate of inflation, according to a new survey released Wednesday. “A 153% increase in health insurance premiums in...
Blog Post
1/4/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

President Obama shut down the Wall Street lobby today with a recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head his new consumer financial watchdog agency. Wall Street's lackeys in Congress, spearheaded by nearly every Republican Senator, spent the last year and a...
Blog Post
12/20/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Health reform advocates are still sorting out the implications of the shocker of an announcement that came out of the Dept. of Health and Human Services this Friday. In a move that could be a blessing for some consumers and a curse for others, HHS punted to the...
Blog Post
12/19/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Insurance companies are calling for more federal regulation of home, auto and other property and business insurance! Have you entered a Bizarro World where the insurance industry’s primary goals are to keep insurance premiums low, promptly pay claims and ask...
News Release
12/15/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
Blog Post
11/29/2011
Posted 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...
News Release
11/22/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC -- State insurance commissioners voted narrowly Tuesday afternoon for a resolution aiming to gut a key consumer protection in the health reform law. The plan would cost consumers an estimated $1.1 billion in premium rebates and leave them open to major...