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News Story
10/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
For health insurance to be affordable, someone has to keep rates in check. If you believe the advertising on television, health insurance in California is now the best deal since sliced bread. Four health insurance companies, which control 84% of the California market, are spending tens of millions of dollars to convince voters they have it so...
News Story
10/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 45  Health-insurance behemoth Blue Cross Blue Shield and managed-care companies Well-Point and Kaiser Permanente have spent a combined $37 million to try to convince you to vote no on Prop. 45. If you hate insurance companies—and we don’t blame you—voting yes should make you feel really good. The measure would...
News Story
10/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
An Open Letter to my fellow medical professionals about California's Proposition 45 and the primary obligation we have to protect the well being of our patients. Like generations of doctors before us, when each of us graduated from medical school, we were asked to raise our hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. This was a defining moment in...
News Story
10/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians are split over a high-profile voter initiative that opponents say could complicate the future of President Barack Obama ’s health-care law in one of the states that has gone furthest to embrace it. Proposition 45 would grant California’s insurance commissioner new powers to veto health-insurance premium increases for...
Video
10/7/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
Jamie Court debates the need for Prop 45 Health Insurance rate regulation on KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles.
News Story
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proponents of Proposition 45, the ballot measure that would give the insurance commissioner the power to reject unreasonable health rate increases, say they’re simply trying to do for health premiums what was done for auto and home insurance more than 25 years ago. Those who oppose Prop. 45 argue the measure puts too much power in...
News Story
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
PROP. 45 — HEALTH CARE INSURANCE YES Endorsed by the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, Prop. 45 seeks to place controls on rising health care insurance costs by making rate changes subject to approval by the California Insurance Commissioner. It also provides for public notice,...
News Story
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
From the start, even fans recognized that one of Obamacare’s great weaknesses was its failure to regulate insurance rates. Washington orders you to buy insurance, but can’t police how insurance companies raise your rates, a decision that made the Affordable Care Act a big moneymaker for the insurance industry. Now, determined to...
News Story
10/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. Proposition 45 on the November state ballot would give the California insurance commissioner’s office the same power to regulate health insurance costs as the office has over auto and homeowner rates. Opponents argue that the proposition's timing and approach are wrong,...
News Story
10/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WHAT IT DOES: Requires the California insurance commissioner to approve rates for certain types of health insurance, specifically individual and small group health plans. The rate-approval process would be similar to a process that is currently used for other types of insurance, such as automobile and homeowner's policies. WHO SUPPORTS IT:...