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News Release
11/3/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned voters that insurance companies had spent more than $100 million on deceptive advertising opposing pro-consumer Propositions 45 and 46.   “The $100 million campaigns bankrolled by insurance companies against Props 45 and 46 are meant to scare voters against initiatives that will...
News Story
11/2/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Voters are usually inclined to vote their pocketbooks. But that's become more difficult with every election, as the pocketbooks that carry the most weight aren't those of the individual voter, but corporations and plutocrats. Recent history tells us that the magnitude of big donors' campaign spending rises as their commitment to the...
News Story
10/31/2014
By Bernard J. Wolfson, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Larry Leisenring, a San Clemente resident, knows something about unwelcome increases in the cost of health care.   ANA VENEGAS , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Prop. 45 support slips Results of three polls released over the past ten days: Field Poll: 30% for, 42% against Public Policy Institute of California: 39% for, 46...
News Story
10/31/2014
By Jon Healey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Would the real Proposition 45 please stand up? One of the main arguments advanced by the commercials aired and the torrent of mailers sent by the No on 45 campaign is that the measure would place healthcare in the hands of a single corruptible politician. "Who do you trust with your health care," a recent mailer asks, "a politician...
News Story
10/31/2014
By Caitlin Bronson, INSURANCE BUSINESS AMERICA
It’s certainly one way to get a message across. Angered over what they view as excessive hikes in health insurance rates and the $57 million health insurers have spent to defeat California Proposition 45, members of Consumer Watchdog, the California Nurses Association and supports of Yes on Proposition 45 delivered a truckload of steer...
Video
10/30/2014
A group of price-gouged policyholders, nurses and consumer advocates descended on the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Monday night with a truck load of steer manure to give back to the CEOs feting Kaiser's chief what they have been shoveling to Californians in their advertising against Prop 45.
News Story
10/30/2014
By Jamie Court, HUFFINGTON POST
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 have remarkably refused to issue a single comment to the news media on Prop 45...
News Story
10/30/2014
By Ellen Snortland, PASADENA WEEKLY
Bias alert! I am proud to say that for 25 years I’ve been a board member of Consumer Watchdog, the nonprofit formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. You could say I’m a dogged board member. We are famous for the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988, which saved California motorists over $102 billion — yes...
News Story
10/30/2014
By Gene Maddaus, LA WEEKLY
Consumer Watchdog, the non-profit group behind Proposition 45, is firing back at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over her opposition to the measure. The proposition would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rate hikes for health insurance. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial...
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10/30/2014
By George Skelton, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant. Some, in fact, are game-changers. Why else would the medical profession and insurance companies be spending well over $100 million to beat back Propositions 45 and 46? Prop. 47 would punish handgun thieves with a figurative slap on the wrist....