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Blog Post
10/10/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

One of the pack of states that has challenged the health reform law in court, Indiana is now the latest state to have a final application pending with federal regulators to escape the law’s most basic consumer protection: the requirement that health insurers...
News Release
10/6/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Twenty-one major consumer and patient safety groups from around the country, whose memberships represent many millions of Americans, sent a letter today to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction expressing strong opposition to any proposals...
News Release
9/21/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today told a Senate committee that Google’s reach is so pervasive on the Internet that consumers cannot avoid its massive data collection apparatus. The public interest group said one possible remedy is breaking up the...
News Release
9/19/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog’s latest online animated video debuted today, satirizing Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to dramatize Google’s information monopoly and make the case for Do Not Track Legislation. The video...
News Release
9/1/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, D.C. – New federal health reform rules take effect today that require health insurance companies to publicly justify the reasons for any rate increase of 10% or more. The hope is that insurers who must explain their rates publicly will be shamed...
News Release
8/29/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog said that the self-regulatory privacy program created by online advertisers and scheduled to take effect for some today fails to protect consumers from companies that track their behavior online. Legislation enacting a “Do...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Email Sept1@consumerwatchdog.org for info and to RSVP.   The supposed economic recovery has proven to be little more than wishful thinking. National unemployment rates remain at 9.1%. Main Street America is in many ways worse off than it was when the...
Blog Post
8/19/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Who could complain about insurance companies that let consumers choose? Auto insurers have started offering discounts to drivers who agree to install tracking devices in their cars to tell the insurance company when, where, and how they're driving. These...
News Release
8/2/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC – In a U.S. Senate Health committee hearing today examining the rapid pace of health insurance premium increases, a federal regulator told senators that the rate review provisions of the federal health care law are a powerful consumer protection...
Blog Post
7/26/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Why would Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu endorse an attack on the health reform law that could cost her own constituents millions in lost rebates and health insurance premium hikes? One of the very few provisions of the law with the potential to reduce the price...