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Blog Post
12/28/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Did you see Jamie's blog? He's right, we've had an amazing 2012. We couldn't have done any of it without your support, and your tax-deductible contribution now will help us reach our year-end goal to cover next year's expenses. Your tips prompted...
News Release
12/18/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to take over the ongoing federal antitrust probe of Google after the company’s chairman in a news interview equated it with antitrust poster child Microsoft in the 1990s. The...
Blog Post
12/7/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Reporters largely missed the point of a Commonwealth Fund study released this week, that looked at consumer savings under Obamacare's 80-20 rule, the rule making insurance companies spend at least 80% of your premiums on health care, not overhead.  The authors...
News Release
12/5/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC – The nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported today that insurance companies had boosted profits instead of passing on savings to consumers under provisions of the health reform law that require at least 80% of consumer premiums go to medical care...
News Release
12/3/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Washington, DC – United States Senator and Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller has written the president and chief executive of Hyundai Motors America to answer questions about the company’s false “Mile Per Gallon” window sticker...
News Release
11/28/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross could owe big refund checks to 730,000 Californians if its proposed rate hikes of up to 25% are deemed excessive thanks to an initiative voters will consider on the 2014 ballot.   The ballot measure requires health...
Blog Post
11/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Lost in the ongoing election postmortem was this report yesterday from the Congressional Budget Office that a bill being pushed by the insurance industry and its salespeople to eliminate one of the strongest consumer protections in the health reform law would increase...
News Release
11/7/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Voters issued the final verdict on the deceptive campaign for Prop 33, financed by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph, that would have given insurance companies the power to charge good drivers more for lapses in coverage. Prop 33 was...
News Release
11/2/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire backing Proposition 33 dropped another $500,000 into the campaign on Wednesday as Prop 33 slips in the polls. Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph redoubled his campaign’s deceptive tactics with new advertisements...
News Release
10/26/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Proposition 33 would legalize a discriminatory auto insurance pricing scheme and allow insurance companies to raise rates on drivers solely because they had a break in auto insurance coverage. Drivers having financial difficulties in this recession...