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Blog Post
11/5/2014
By Jamie Court
$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 corporate money in California politics when the electorate is not...
News Story
11/5/2014
Op-Ed by Thomas Elias, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
So much for populism. At least when it comes to fighting the interests of big-money corporations. In every vote this week pitting the interests of ordinary Californians against those of large companies, the corporate interests won big. Big bucks essentially convinced millions to vote against their own best interests. This was an unfettered triumph...
News Story
11/5/2014
By Melody Gutierrez & Joe Garofoli, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
SACRAMENTO — Voters overwhelmingly passed the two state ballot measures pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown: A $7.5 billion water bond that will pay for water recycling and new storage systems but do little to bring relief to Californians affected by the drought, and a rainy day fund designed to cushion the state during financial hard times. Prop 1...
News Story
11/5/2014
By Amy Taxin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the heels of an advertising blitz funded by health insurance companies, California voters on Tuesday tanked a proposal to give the state's insurance commissioner veto authority over health insurance premiums. About 60 percent of voters cast ballots against the plan to give the elected commissioner expanded...
News Story
11/4/2014
By John Howard, CAPITOL WEEKLY
Voters may be apathetic on Election Day, but there are some people in California who are excited indeed about the ballot – those who have a big pocketbook interest in the outcome. Through Tuesday morning, campaign spending on six ballot propositions alone has approached a quarter-billion dollars, a hefty price tag, even in California....
News Story
11/4/2014
By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS TV - San Diego, CA
Health insurance premiums have gone up 172 percent since 2002, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. That's what prompted supporters of Proposition 45 to put their measure on today's ballot. The measure would give California's insurance commissioner the authority to reject health insurance premium increases found to be...
News Release
11/4/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA - TV stations in a dozen California markets skipped coverage of consumer friendly Propositions 45 and 46, despite the fact that $100 million from insurance companies flooded stations with advertising revenue. The ballot measures hold insurance companies and dangerous doctors they insure accountable. “TV stations have been...
Blog Post
11/3/2014
By Harvey Rosenfield
No candidate on the ballot this year can do as much for you as two propositions backed by Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Federation and other champions of the underdog.  YES ON PROP 45 will give us the power to stop price gouging by the health insurance companies.Congress requires us to buy health insurance, but they didn’t...
News Story
11/3/2014
By Wendell Potter, HUFFINGTON POST
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...
Video
11/3/2014
Lauren Sivan looks at what Prop 45 will do for consumers if passed, and how the insurance companies are spending tens of millions of dollars to stop it.