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$100 million spent by insurance companies against our two pro-consumer initiatives, coupled with an historic low voter turnout, was a recipe for consumers to lose Tuesday night. The defeat of California Propositions 45 and 46 are a sobering reminder of the power of big...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Yes on Prop 46: 44% of San Diego Doctors On Probation Have Substance Abuse Problems
SANTA MONICA, CA – ABC News 10 reported Sunday that 44% of doctors on probation in San Diego were disciplined for substance abuse or addiction. The report revealed the clear problem with doctors abusing drugs or alcohol yet the California Medical Board is...
B.S. Alert: Health Insurance Robber Barons Spend $56 Million vs. Prop 45's Rate Regulation in California Without a Single Public Comment
Four health insurance companies are spending $56 million to defeat California Proposition 45, a ballot measure to be decided Tuesday, which I wrote, that bans excessive insurance rate hikes. The insurance companies have unleashed a torrent of deceptive advertising but...
Yes On 45 Supporters Deliver Steer Manure to Health Insurance CEOs at Nob Hill Gala to Return Some of the BS Companies Are Dishing Out to Voters on Prop 45
San Francisco, CA—Consumer Watchdog, the California Nurses Association and supporters of Yes on Proposition 45 delivered a truckload of steer manure to health insurance industry executives who gathered at the Fairmont Hotel today to fete former Kaiser CEO George...
Yes On Prop 45 Advertising Begins, Warns of Health Insurance Companies Spending $57 Million To Stop California From Reining In Excessive Rates
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog Campaign today announced that advertising has begun for Yes on Proposition 45, which would give the elected insurance commissioner power to veto excessive health insurance rates. The David v Goliath campaign has been outspent by...
Yes on 45: Small Businessman Speaks Out About Anthem Blue Cross’ Unreasonable Rate Hike; Only Prop 45 Could Stop Increase
Santa Monica, CA— The Department of Insurance today declared Anthem Blue Cross’s 9.8% rate increase on small business “unreasonable,” but has no power to stop the hikes unless Proposition 45 passes. Proposition 45, which gives the elected...
Santa Monica, CA -- On Saturday, the three big health insurance companies that control California’s health insurance market gave another $12 million to their campaign to defeat Proposition 45, which will give California the authority to stop health insurance rate...
Yes on 45: Policyholders, Prop 45 Advocates, And Nurses Deliver Manure To Blue Shield To Return Some of the B.S. Company Is Spreading In TV Ads Against Prop 45
El Segundo, CA -- Blue Shield policyholders joined with bedside nurses from the California Nurses Association, consumer advocates and other supporters of Proposition 45’s rate relief measure to deliver a pickup truck of steer manure to Blue Shield’s offices...
Yes on 45: Attorney General Asked To Investigate Health Insurance Executives Embroiled In No-Bid Contract Scandal At Covered California, Industry’s So-Called “Independent Commission”
Santa Monica, CA -- In response to the Associated Press’s disclosure of unusual no-bid contracts between California’s insurance exchange Covered California and well-connected insurance executives, Consumer Watchdog called upon the Attorney General of...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Dr. Stephen Loyd, Who Survived Substance Abuse, Warns of Undetected Physician Impairment and Says New Ad Against Prop 46 Will “Cost People Their Lives”
Listen to the audio recording of this press conference here. SANTA MONICA, CA – Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering drug addict who at one point was taking up to 100 pills a day including Vicodin and oxycodone while working with patients, joined with Proposition 46...