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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...
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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...
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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....
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10/30/2014
By Ian Lovett, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Yes on Proposition 45 supporters rallied this month outside Blue Shield of California in El Segundo. The ballot measure would require health insurance companies to justify rate increases. Photo Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times LOS ANGELES — A year after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect, California voters are now...
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10/29/2014
By John Carroll, SAN DIEGO TV-6
With the election less than a week away, we've decided to take a look at some of the more controversial issues on the ballot. This time, we're looking at Proposition 45.  The measure would give power over regulating healthcare insurance rates to the state's insurance commissioner. "I've seen my insurance rates go up 50...
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10/29/2014
By Timm Herdt, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Of the 1.4 million Californians who purchased health insurance this year through the Covered California purchasing exchange, 94 percent bought their plans from just four insurance carriers. Outside of the purchasing exchange, in the private market for individual and small-business policies, about 80 percent of the market is controlled by the big...
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10/28/2014
By Staff Writers, FOX NEWS LATINO
Latino voters in California find themselves in the middle of one of the most important - in terms of immediate, real-world consequences – races of the 2014 elections. Actually, it’s two races. The first is for the unknown, but strangely powerful position of state insurance commissioner, between incumbent Democrat Dave Jones and...
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10/28/2014
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would regulate health insurance rates, is ahead, according to a new Internet poll by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. The survey of self-reported, registered voters who said they planned to vote in the Nov. 4 election, had Proposition 45 leading with 41.6% of those queried and opposed by 29.9%....
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10/28/2014
By Gene Maddaus, LA WEEKLY
Blue Shield of California, one of the state's four major health insurers, has a sales office on the 20th floor of the Pacific Corporate Towers in El Segundo. Had the employees peered down to the plaza on a recent Tuesday morning, they would have seen a small cluster of picketers. From 300 feet up, it would be impossible to read the signs, or...