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10/14/2014
By Jim Miller, SACRAMENTO BEE
The group backing a health insurance rate-control measure on next month’s ballot called on Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday to investigate millions of dollars in no-bid contracts by Covered California and reported links between the health exchange’s executives and and the insurance industry. The demand by Consumer Watchdog, a...
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10/13/2014
By Michael R. Blood, ASSOCIATED PRESS
  FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, talks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Long before it opened its doors to the public last fall, California's health insurance exchange awarded a small contract to a business consultant...
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10/10/2014
EDITORIAL, LA PRENSA SAN DIEGO
Editorial: Prop. 45: Health Insurance. Allows state’s insurance commissioner to reject health insurance price changes. Requires insurance commissioner’s approval before health insurer can change its rates or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance. Provides for public notice, disclosure, and hearing, and...
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10/10/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
California's initiative process can shine a bright light on how money and influence work their magic in American politics. Unlike in the legislature, there are no back rooms where favors can be traded; everything's got to be done in public — campaign contributions are subject to public disclosure, and what you see in campaign...
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10/9/2014
By Pauline Bartolone, KVPR VALLEY PUBLIC RADIO
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news segment. A measure on the November ballot would give California’s elected insurance commissioner power to reject health insurance premium increases for people in individual and small group plans. But as Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento explains, that policy change...
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10/8/2014
By Alejandro Lazo, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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...
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10/8/2014
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, LOS ANGELES TIMES
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...
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10/8/2014
Op-Ed by Paul Y. Song, MD, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
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...
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10/8/2014
By CityBeat Staff, SAN DIEGO CITYBEAT
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...
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10/7/2014
By Bill Boyarsky, TRUTHDIG.COM
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...