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9/14/2014
By Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
If you're wondering why health care costs are going sky high, one reason may be the multimillion-dollar skyboxes that two of the Bay Area's biggest "not-for-profit" insurers have bought at the 49ers' new stadium. Blue Shield of California and Dignity Health each own Levi's Stadium luxury suites, which go for at least...
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9/14/2014
By Josh Richman, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Proposition 45 would give California's elected insurance commissioner the authority to reject excessive health insurance rate hikes, a power the commissioner already wields for auto and homeowners insurance rates. The campaign against it -- for which the insurance industry has so far put up $37.3 million -- is now airing a 60-second radio ad...
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9/13/2014
By Dave Sayler, RADIO & TV BUSINESS REPORT
Public interest organization Consumer Watchdog would like appropriate officials in California to demand disclosure of the financial sources for issue ads, and is also asking radio stations to reject the ads. CW said, ”The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding...
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9/10/2014
By Sam Levin, EAST BAY EXPRESS
Oakland-based Kaiser is spending big in an effort to defeat two state ballot measures this campaign season. Though the November election is still two months away, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan has already spent a whopping $20 million, according to a report from the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Across the...
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9/10/2014
By Dan Diamond, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
"It's going to end up hurting Californians," a lawyer warned last month, during a Covered California board meeting. "It will damage health care reform, perhaps permanently, perhaps fatally, in California and I think perhaps nationally." Was Kennedy talking about the Halbig lawsuit, which threatens the legality of Obamacare...
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9/9/2014
EDITORIAL - OAKLAND TRIBUNE
Californians passed Proposition 103 in 1987, regulating auto insurance rates and saving drivers tens of billions of dollars over 25 years. California's drivers have enjoyed some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation because of this law.     Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same...
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9/8/2014
By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS 89.5 FM San Diego, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The fight over Proposition 45 is shaping up to be a contest between insurance companies and consumer advocates. And so far, insurance companies have the upper hand. Proposition 45 opponents, led by the California Association of Health Plans and major health insurers like Anthem...
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9/6/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Tolstoy's line about all unhappy families being unhappy in their own way hardly needs validation from us in the 21st century. But still it would be interesting to see what he'd make of the increasingly bitter division between two state agencies that should be working hand in hand to improve health insurance coverage for Californians: the...
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9/4/2014
CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Opponents of a ballot initiative that would give the state government regulatory authority over health insurance premium rates are spending nearly $38 million on efforts to defeat the measure, the Center for Public Integrity reports (Potter, Center for Public Integrity, 9/2). The measure will appear on the state's Nov. 4 ballot (Overland,...
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9/2/2014
By Wendell Potter, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM
For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums. The ads are a part of a multipronged, multimillion-dollar campaign -- developed by public relations, advertising firms and political consultants for the...