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 of The Bee Capitol Bureau.
Text: Dr. Marshall...
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 rights for a plaza in the new complex for the 49ers...
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, formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, is also...
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 narrated by a nurse named Candy Campbell.
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 $2.5 million apiece.
Dignity, the San...
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 from voters in deceptive new campaign advertising...
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's insurance exchange subsidies?
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 board, Kaiser is by far the biggest spender in the...
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 goal for health insurance, as 35 other states already...
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 Blue Cross, have raised nearly $38 million....