By Caitlin Bronson, INSURANCE BUSINESS AMERICA
It’s certainly one way to get a message across.
Angered over what they view as excessive hikes in health insurance rates and the $57 million health insurers have spent to defeat California Proposition 45, members of Consumer Watchdog, the California Nurses Association and supports of Yes on Proposition 45 delivered a truckload of steer manure to health insurance industry executives at the...
By Jon Healey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Would the real Proposition 45 please stand up?
One of the main arguments advanced by the commercials aired and the torrent of mailers sent by the No on 45 campaign is that the measure would place healthcare in the hands of a single corruptible politician. "Who do you trust with your health care," a recent mailer asks, "a politician or your doctor? Prop. 45 gives one Sacramento...
By Jamie Court, HUFFINGTON POST
Four health insurance companies are spending $56 million to defeat California Proposition 45, a ballot measure to be decided Tuesday, which I wrote, that bans excessive insurance rate hikes. The insurance companies have unleashed a torrent of deceptive advertising but have remarkably refused to issue a single comment to the news media on Prop 45, including in today's New York Times.
By Ian Lovett, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Yes on Proposition 45 supporters rallied this month outside Blue Shield of California in El Segundo. The ballot measure would require health insurance companies to justify rate increases. Photo Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times
LOS ANGELES — A year after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect, California voters are now considering another major change to health care: a ballot...
By George Skelton, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant.
Some, in fact, are game-changers.
Why else would the medical profession and insurance companies be spending well over $100 million to beat back Propositions 45 and 46?
Prop. 47 would punish handgun thieves with a figurative slap on the wrist.
Prop. 48 would set a precedent by allowing an Indian...
By Gene Maddaus, LA WEEKLY
Consumer Watchdog, the non-profit group behind Proposition 45, is firing back at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over her opposition to the measure.
The proposition would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rate hikes for health insurance. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board this week, Pelosi warned that the measure...
By Ellen Snortland, PASADENA WEEKLY
Bias alert! I am proud to say that for 25 years I’ve been a board member of Consumer Watchdog, the nonprofit formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. You could say I’m a dogged board member.
We are famous for the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988, which saved California motorists over $102 billion — yes, billion — in premiums. And what are dogs...
By Timm Herdt, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Of the 1.4 million Californians who purchased health insurance this year through the Covered California purchasing exchange, 94 percent bought their plans from just four insurance carriers.
Outside of the purchasing exchange, in the private market for individual and small-business policies, about 80 percent of the market is controlled by the big four.
Such is not the kind of market that...
By John Carroll, SAN DIEGO TV-6
With the election less than a week away, we've decided to take a look at some of the more controversial issues on the ballot.
This time, we're looking at Proposition 45. The measure would give power over regulating healthcare insurance rates to the state's insurance commissioner.
"I've seen my insurance rates go up 50 percent in the last two years," said citizen...
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would regulate health insurance rates, is ahead, according to a new Internet poll by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
The survey of self-reported, registered voters who said they planned to vote in the Nov. 4 election, had Proposition 45 leading with 41.6% of those queried and opposed by 29.9%. Undecideds were 28.5%.
The poll was taken between...