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10/7/2014
By Joe Fitzgerald, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
PROP. 45 — HEALTH CARE INSURANCE YES Endorsed by the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog, and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, Prop. 45 seeks to place controls on rising health care insurance costs by making rate changes subject to approval by the California Insurance Commissioner. It also provides for public notice,...
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10/7/2014
By Victoria Colliver, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Proponents of Proposition 45, the ballot measure that would give the insurance commissioner the power to reject unreasonable health rate increases, say they’re simply trying to do for health premiums what was done for auto and home insurance more than 25 years ago. Those who oppose Prop. 45 argue the measure puts too much power in...
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10/7/2014
By Doug Porter, SAN DIEGO FREE PRESS
The following analyses represent my opinions. The SD Free Press editorial board may or may not agree with me. For all our articles on the upcoming election, check out our 2014 Progressive Voter’s Guide. There are no special interests more special than insurance companies, doctors and lawyers. Here we have two propositions involving all...
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10/7/2014
By Jonathan Kraut, SANTA CLARITA VALLEY SIGNAL
Most of us will shortly receive an absentee ballot in the mail for the upcoming Nov. 4 election. Other than the continuous and deceptive ranting by health care lobbies about threats of higher medical costs if we pass Propositions45 and 46, this election seems under the radar. I always read the actual language of any bill or proposition....
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10/6/2014
Editorial by CHICO ENTERPRISE-RECORD
California voters have every right to view all state propositions with a healthy dose of skepticism. Propositions rarely do exactly what the authors say they will do. They are drawn up with loopholes big enough to drive a bullet train through, or with little favors built in to curry votes with certain groups, or with last-minute add-ons that...
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10/6/2014
By Stephanie O'Neill, KPCC 89.3 FM Pasadena, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. Proposition 45 on the November state ballot would give the California insurance commissioner’s office the same power to regulate health insurance costs as the office has over auto and homeowner rates. Opponents argue that the proposition's timing and approach are wrong,...
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10/4/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
The coalition trying to stop the rate-regulation initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot has gone up with another TV ad, this one focusing on small-business owners. Proposition 45 would require the state’s elected insurance commissioner to sign off on health insurance rate changes. Below is text of the ad and an analysis from Christopher Cadelago of...
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10/4/2014
By Staff Reporters, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WHAT IT DOES: Requires the California insurance commissioner to approve rates for certain types of health insurance, specifically individual and small group health plans. The rate-approval process would be similar to a process that is currently used for other types of insurance, such as automobile and homeowner's policies. WHO SUPPORTS IT:...
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10/4/2014
By Judy Lin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans? The campaign fight over whether that would be beneficial for consumers is much more complicated. Initiative proponents, led by Democratic Insurance...
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10/3/2014
Host: Judy Campbell, KQED FM FORUM
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. As part of our ongoing California Election Watch 2014 coverage we'll discuss Proposition 45, which would give the California state insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive health insurance premium rate hikes. Host: Judy Campbell Guests: Jamie Court, president of...