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10/16/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Health Insurer HealthNet has chipped in nearly $5 million to defeat Prop 45 in a sign that the health insurance industry fears rate regulation that a yes vote on the proposition would bring, Consumer Watchdog said today. The insurance pot against Prop 45 now totals $43 million to pay for misleading and deceptive TV ads,...
News Release
10/14/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
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. The Proposition 45 supporters said they were simply returning some of the same...
News Release
10/13/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
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 California to launch an independent investigation of various contracts at the agency...
News Release
10/10/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Public challenges to insurance rate requests have saved consumers $3.063 billion on auto, homeowners and medical malpractice policies over the last 12 years, demonstrating the potential savings under Prop 45 which applies the same limits on health insurance rates, Consumer Watchdog said today. Proposition 45 on the...
News Release
10/9/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
San Francisco, CA – Consumer advocates and nurses launched a new “Yes on 45” street art campaign hitting San Francisco and Sacramento this week that exposes the health insurance companies spending $37.5 million to oppose Proposition 45. Thousands of posters will be plastered through wild-posting in the coming days in other cities...
News Release
10/3/2014
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Proposition 45, the health insurance reform initiative on the November ballot, is following the path taken by the 1988 insurance reform initiative on which it is based, Proposition 103.  The landmark insurance reform overcame $63 million in insurance industry spending and the opposition of the entire California political...
News Release
10/1/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- The Yes On Prop 45 campaign today released its first television advertisement featuring three working registered nurses discussing how their patients’ health care has been compromised by health insurance companies that are raising their rates. The three bed-side registered nurses --- Gina Macalino, R.N., Andrea Seils R.N...
News Release
9/30/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court, Carmen Balber & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Small businesses in California have seen $250 million in health insurance rate hikes that regulators deemed unreasonable, but were powerless to stop without the rate regulation in Prop 45.  Nonetheless California’s big health insurance companies have begun running a deceptive new television advertisement against...
News Release
9/23/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA—Consumer Watchdog warned the public today that a $37.5 million television and radio advertising campaign attacking Proposition 45 is funded exclusively by health insurance companies who would have to rein in rates if Prop 45 passes. The industry funding is hidden in a deceptive advertising and a marketing campaign waged by...
News Release
9/20/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Three Northern California newspapers have endorsed Proposition 45, comparing it to California’s landmark insurance reform initiative Proposition 103 that has saved drivers tens of billions of dollars over the last 25 years and ensured some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation.  “Proposition 45...