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Blog Post
7/23/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

10 Days to Default? Washington has been consumed by debt negotiations that escalated again last night when House Speaker Boehner walked out of discussions with the President. The two-fold debate is one half inconceivable -- will House Republicans cling so stubbornly...
News Release
7/20/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington DC – A deficit reduction plan floated Tuesday by the “Gang of Six” senators would ask the Judiciary committee to find an “unspecified” amount of savings from medical malpractice reform, presumably by limiting the legal rights...
Blog Post
7/13/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Tech industry lobbyists are swarming Capitol Hill, promising members of Congress that there is no privacy problem for consumers online, so there's no need for legislation like the 'Do Not Track Me' option proposed by Senator Rockefeller, and...
News Release
6/30/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC -- With no public discussion and on a voice vote, a task force of state insurance regulators with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) voted to endorse legislation that would cost consumers billions in higher health insurance...
News Release
6/23/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC – A health reform regulation issued by the Obama administration late Wednesday bends toward industry demands and undermines rights granted to patients under federal health reform allowing them to appeal wrongful denials of care by health plans....
Blog Post
6/22/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Here's another condemnation of the broken for-profit health insurance system that only takes care of those who can pay. This story is sweeping the web because every one of us is afraid this could one day be us. A North Carolina man entered a bank and gave the...
Blog Post
6/14/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

The so-called "medical loss ratio" is one of the most important consumer protections in the federal health reform law. It is supposed to force insurance companies to reduce administrative waste, excessive profits and oversized executive salaries, giving us...
News Release
5/19/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC – Final health reform regulations issued today by the Obama administration fail to require health insurance companies to make enough information public to prevent unreasonable rate increases, said Consumer Watchdog.   The regulation issued...
Blog Post
5/18/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

A year ago this Saturday, German authorities revealed that Google’s Street View cars had been surreptitiously collecting data from home wireless networks in 30 countries around the world. Our friends at EPIC held a briefing in the Capitol today marking the...
Blog Post
5/12/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber

Health insurance premiums are increasing at a rate faster than medical inflation, especially in the volatile individual and small group markets, and worker incomes have not kept pace. The passage of the federal reform law triggered further outsized increases by...