By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
California insurers have pumped more than $12 million over the last five days into a campaign to defeat Proposition 45, an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot that would regulate health insurance rates.
Blue Shield gave $2.66 million, WellPoint $6 million, Kaiser Permanente $3.73 million and Health Net $350,000, according to late filings at the secretary of state's office.
By Thomas Elias, SANTA MONICA MIRROR
It's almost a foregone conclusion that the Proposition 1 water bond on next month's ballot will pass easily: Every poll shows it with almost a 2-1 lead heading into the vote and the opposition has virtually no money for television commercials.
But two other propositions are almost equally deserving of yes votes, Propositions 45 and 48.
Proposition 45 is almost a no-brainer. It would place...
Editorial, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Proposition 45 on the Nov. 4 ballot would let California’s elected insurance commissioner reject excessive health insurance rates.
The Star’s Editorial Board recommends a yes vote on Proposition 45 to provide responsible, reasonable oversight of the cost of medical coverage.
Proposition 45 would apply to roughly 6 million residents who have individual or small group coverage...
By Tracy Seipel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Proposition 45 would allow California's elected insurance commissioner to regulate health plan rates for 6 million Californians with individual policies or who get their insurance as employees of small businesses.
The No on 45 campaign recently released a 30-second television ad, now running in major media markets.
WHAT DOES THE AD SAY? A man and a woman, who say they are owners of a...
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer, KPBS TV San Diego
Props 45, 46 Facing Tough Road
Groups opposing California Proposition 45, which provides a mechanism to regulate rate hikes for health insurance, and Prop 46, which seeks to raise the cap on medical malpractice awards established in 1975, have raised millions and are using it on ads.
Prop 45 requires health insurance companies to publicly disclose and justify any proposed rate increase. Further,...
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Almost three decades ago, a small band of consumer activists persuaded California voters to slap tough new rate regulations on auto insurance.
Now that same group wants to crack down on health insurance rates.
And the insurance industry and its business allies are back with a multimillion-dollar war chest to fight Proposition 45 with an omnipresent media campaign.
The combination of big money and...
By The Fresno Bee Editorial Board
Powerful forces are opposed to Proposition 45, which would give California's publicly elected insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive health insurance rate hikes.
These forces — you know them as Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Kaiser, Health Net and United Healthcare — don't want voters to approve Prop. 45 on the Nov. 4 ballot because it would force them to justify...
By George Skelton, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Proposition 45, which would allow California's insurance commissioner to regulate rates for certain medical plans, is a close call for this voter.
On the one hand, the commissioner would be touching on — although not exactly duplicating — work already performed by the state entity created to administer Obamacare. That could slow down the work of Covered California in managing an...
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in no-bid contracts, including deals worth millions of dollars to a firm with workers who have strong ties to Covered California's executive director, according to an Associated Press review of contracting records obtained through the state's Public Records Act, AP/U-T San Diego reports.
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 main supporter of Proposition 45, came after The...