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Blog Post
8/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
News Release
8/13/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
News Release
8/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
News Release
8/1/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
Blog Post
7/24/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
Blog Post
7/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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....
Blog Post
7/11/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
News Release
6/21/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
Blog Post
6/15/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...
News Release
6/12/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...