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10/2/2014
By Warren Olney, KCRW - WHICH WAY LA?
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. It’s lawyers versus insurance companies on the November ballot--with Obamacare in the background. That’s according to TV commercials for and against Proposition 45. We’ll go behind the slogans and catchwords with supporters and opponents of a measure that could impact...
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10/1/2014
By Ric Romero, KABC TV-7 Los Angeles
Judy Graff Fisher and Diana Guth are small business owners who say their health insurance rates have gotten out of hand. "It has been a struggle. Every single year I dread the open enrollment... because every single year there's a raise," Guth said. Fisher said her health insurance cost $406 a month in January. "Imagine my...
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10/1/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The latest campaign spending figures on California's two big healthcare ballot initiatives are just in, courtesy of the watchdog group MapLight, and they're mind-boggling. If you're curious about one significant driver of healthcare costs, here it is: Health insurance companies have so far contributed more than $88 million to defeat...
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9/25/2014
By Tracy Seipel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
A quarter-century ago, a then-obscure consumer group in Santa Monica led a revolt at the ballot box that changed the world of insurance in California forever.     Spurred by skyrocketing auto insurance bills, Consumer Watchdog sponsored Proposition 103, which created an elected insurance commissioner with the power to reject...
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9/24/2014
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, SACRAMENTO BEE
We all must buy health insurance, but California is one of the few states that does not guarantee that it be affordable. Proposition 45 creates that guarantee for individuals and small businesses who must buy their own health insurance and often suffer the most. If you buy your own health insurance and don’t receive a subsidy, health...
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9/23/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE CAPITOL ALERT
The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state’s relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage. A new survey released late Tuesday found some 42 percent of state residents generally view the law favorably,...
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9/20/2014
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Is health insurance in California affordable? Not if you buy your own health insurance and don’t get a federal subsidy. Health insurance premiums in California have risen five times faster than the rate of inflation over the last decade. Recently, $250 million in proposed rate increases for individuals and small businesses were deemed...
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9/18/2014
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
Opponents of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the state’s elected insurance commissioner to regulate health insurance rates have launched their first TV ad, claiming that the proposal would disrupt the health exchange and give too much power to a single politician. Following is text of the ad and analysis by Christopher Cadelago...
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9/15/2014
By David Mills, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS TIMES
The San Francisco 49ers' financial health is being aided by two not-for-profit health insurers. Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own luxury suites at Levi's Stadium that go for at least $2.5 million apiece, according to a story in the Matier & Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Dignity Health,...
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9/15/2014
By Staff Writers, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL
San Francisco-based Dignity Health, which operates Mercy hospitals in the Sacramento region, is attracting some criticism for spending money on Levi's Stadium. In Sunday's Chronicle, Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross report that the nonprofit health system not only has a luxury suite, costing at least $2.5 million, but also paid for naming...