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5/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Marti Conger - Solano County, CA   "I am really struggling. After food and housing and a few necessities my income basically goes to health insurance and health care."   My health insurance premium jumped up 15.6% over the first three months of this year, on top of a 346% increase from 2005 to 2012. At the same time my...
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5/7/2014
Posted by Rob Leonard
Heather Johnson, Oakland CA I am 43, an athlete, healthy, with no medical problems. I don’t use my insurance much and live on a pretty tight budget. Despite the fact that I almost never use my health insurance, my premiums with Blue Shield have jumped 44% from $180 in 2013 to $260 now for a bare bones plan offering a very narrow network. My...
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5/1/2014
Posted by Samuel Chu
My name is Jennifer Tracy, and I am the Executive Director of the San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC).  SDHC was founded in 2007 with the mission to reduce hunger and food insecurity in San Diego.  Between 2007 and 2011, the number of households relying on the help of CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) to put food on their tables has...
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6/2/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
"When my water company wants to raise rates, they have to notify us and hold a hearing and the Public Utilities Commission has to approve the rate. Why do health insurance companies get to charge us whatever they want, with no one able to tell them “no”?"   My health insurance policy with Anthem Blue Cross has gotten...
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6/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
I’ve been self-employed for 20 years, but went back to school about five years ago and switched from marketing to interior design. I also sell my own art. The recession clobbered me just as I was getting started. If I hadn’t been frugal when times were better and saved a pretty good nest egg, I wouldn’t be able to pay for my...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"It makes no sense that the state insurance regulators have absolutely no authority over these crazy increases."   I am 55-plus. I’ve never wanted to be 65, but Medicare can’t come soon enough, the way my Blue Cross coverage is spiraling upward. At the same time, I’m working fewer days and my income is down. I...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"Why don’t California’s insurance regulators have some control over health insurance rates?  These increases have no connection to reality or the economy or what ordinary people can afford. It’s something that government ought to be doing—saying no to such unreasonable increases in a time like this."...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"The system is broken, and only the insurance companies benefit....We also need the state on our side. What’s the justification for a 30% increase? Who’s even watching our backs?"   My husband Mark and I had always wanted to be able to bring our dogs to work, and be in business for ourselves. We realized that goal in...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"Government needs to step in now. My small business is more regulated than my health insurer. It is a sad statement that we have inspectors to certify our drains, but no inspectors to certify these outrageous premium increases.... If the health insurance companies acted responsibly and fairly, I would be fighting against increased regulation...
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5/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Campaign
"Other states successfully regulate health insurance rates, and the nation’s most populous state should be among them. Our elected officials have failed us by listening only to Blue Cross lobbyists, turning a deaf ear on the rest of us."   As a landscape and garden designer, I’m self-employed in a job that is...