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Senator Jon Tester announced his support for legislation to give state insurance commissioners the authority to say no when insurance companies propose excessive and unjustified premium increases. Tester endorsed a bill sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein of CA, (S...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Court Rejects Second Challenge to AG’s Neutral Ballot Language By Insurance Industry Backers of Prop 33
Santa Monica, CA – The California Third District Court of Appeal summarily denied an appeal filed by the Mercury Insurance-backed Prop 33 campaign seeking to strike part of the impartial Ballot Label and Title and Summary prepared by California’s Attorney...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Consumer, Senior Advocates Answer Mercury Insurance Billionaire’s Lawsuit Attempting to Silence Their Opposition To Prop 33’s Surcharge On Good Drivers
Santa Monica, CA – A Sacramento Superior Court will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit by Mercury Insurance Company billionaire George Joseph and his Prop 33 campaign to remove criticism of Prop 33 from the official ballot arguments and hide from voters the...
Washington DC – Big mortgage bundlers tied to title companies and the real estate lobby are seeking to get Congress to allow home warranty companies to pay now-illegal kickbacks to real estate brokers under last minute Congressional legislation. Consumer...
Marchers shut down the streets on five different routes through the heart of downtown DC, and I lent Consumer Watchdog's voice in support of the Robin Hood Tax and the Fight to End AIDS. The marchers wove a story through downtown DC, stopping in front of lobby...
Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But since speculation by the big banks stole trillions in wealth from average Americans and devastated the world economy, I'd call a small tax on financial transactions more like taking our own money back....
Consumer Watchdog Hall of Famer Hilda Sarkisyan lost her 17-year-old daughter Nataline after their insurance company CIGNA refused to pay for a potentially life-saving transplant. CIGNA was able to deny the transplant with impunity because a federal law bars the...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: More Californians Die Every Year Because They Lack Health Insurance Than From Traffic Accidents or Homicide
Santa Monica, CA – A new national report finds that more Californians died in 2010 because they lack health coverage than did in any other state, a number that is also higher than the number of people who die due to traffic accidents or homicide every year in...
Yesterday I helped arrange a meeting with Hilda Sarkisyan, a Consumer Watchdog Hall of Famer, and health insurance industry whistleblower and Deadly Spin author Wendell Potter, with Senate staff on Capitol Hill. Hilda's 17-year-old daughter Nataline died after...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Health Insurance Companies Will Hike Rates As Much As 24% for Small Businesses With More Than One Million Employees
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies will increase rates as high as 24% in July and August for small business customers with more than one million employees, but state regulators currently have no power to reject those increases that can’t be...