• Consumer Watchdog wrote a new diary post: Teach Goliath A Lesson He’ll Never Forget

    2014-11-03 17:53:58View | Delete

    No candidate on the ballot this year can do as much for you as two propositions backed by Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Federation and other champions of the underdog. YES ON PROP 45 will give us the power to stop price gouging by the health insurance companies. Congress requires us to buy health insurance, but they didn’t [...]

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    From time to time it’s instructive to look at an online company’s Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you’re agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google’s TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant’s legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect on Monday. Here’s what they say [...]
  • ThumbnailI was up in Sacramento today to call on the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure that the regulations that they are developing to govern the use of autonomous vehicles – popularly known as driverless cars – will protect the operators’ privacy. The company that will be most directly affected by the new autonomous vehicle regulations [...]

  • ThumbnailData breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus during last year’s holiday shopping season affected more than 100 million people and focused new attention on the need to protect person information stored online. While it’s clear that tough data breach legislation must be enacted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is taking action to improve cybersecurity [...]

  • ThumbnailLooks like even Google is finally figuring out the innate privacy invasive properties of its wearable computing device, Google Glass. The Internet giant has posted a list of do’s and don’t's on its Glass website that tells “Explorers” — the first group of people to get access to Glass for $1,500 — how not to be “Glassholes.” [...]

  • Consumer Watchdog wrote a new diary post: Target Needs to Pay for Targeting Our Privacy

    2014-02-18 17:04:46View | Delete

    ThumbnailTarget is targeting our privacy. There’s a big red bullseye, a target – like the one on the shirt I’m wearing today – that Target and Neiman Marcus, who chose not to show up to answer questions today, have put on us because they haven’t done enough to protect our private financial data. And the reason [...]

  • ThumbnailTriple-A has been American drivers’ friend almost since U.S. roads linked the nation together. It has rescued families from flat tires and worse. It has planned millions of family vacations and sold well-regarded auto insurance. It has always skewed toward older drivers and welcomed their devoted renewal of memberships. Its employees got good benefits and stayed [...]

  • ThumbnailDan Shea’s Aunt Kay was 83, vibrant and healthy in 2011, when she suffered terrible injuries in a head-on accident. Kay spent five months in the hospital rehabilitating and being repaired with so many metal parts that the family dubbed her “Iron Kay.” Then the real fight began—one that changed Dan, a San Diego civic booster and [...]

  • Consumer Watchdog wrote a new diary post: Keystone XL Builder Has Explosive Problems

    2014-02-05 14:25:48View | Delete

    ThumbnailTransCanada, the company that would build and own the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s tar sand fields to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has dialed up its lobbying in Congress after a U.S. State Department report that favored the pipeline. The giant oil pipeline is perfectly clean and safe, say the lobbyists. TransCanada will be using [...]

  • Thumbnail“We were lucky to have a happy ending,” actor Dennis Quaid told a crowd at Consumer Watchdog’s Rage for Justice Awards in 2009. He was talking about the near-fatal overdose that his twins experienced at birth. They were given one thousand times the amount of blood thinner they were supposed to and nearly bled to death. “Their survival [...]

  • ThumbnailOriginally published in the Sacramento Bee on Sunday, January 12, 2014 No political consultant sees more angles than Richie Ross, but his tangent opposing two pro-consumer ballot initiatives, which could turn 2014 into the Year of the Patient, is unsound geometry (“Voters can’t avoid health care politics,” Jan. 2). The ballot measures will save lives and money by [...]

  • Consumer Watchdog wrote a new diary post: Lessons From The Cancellation Crisis

    2013-11-22 10:53:41View | Delete

    ThumbnailAn analysis just released by California’s health insurance exchange , Covered California, offers the first real insight into the depth of the Obamacare cancellation crisis. About 450,000 of the 900,000 cancelled California policyholders will see rate hikes, according to the analysis released by Covered California. That’s 50% of all cancelled Californians who will be paying more. Most [...]

  • ThumbnailRegulation of insurance companies, introduced by Proposition 103, could repair a loophole in the Affordable Care Act. “We didn’t do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law,” an apologetic President Obama said this month, shortly after millions of Americans got notices from their health insurance companies that their current policies were [...]

  • Consumer Watchdog wrote a new diary post: $100 Billion Win

    2013-11-14 12:26:21View | Delete

    ThumbnailI’m truly humbled. It was a big deal when, 25 years ago this month, you and other California voters joined with me to pass Proposition 103, the toughest auto insurance regulation in the nation. But I had no idea exactly how big. Today, in downtown Los Angeles, the Consumer Federation of America released the findings of a [...]

  • Consumer Watchdog wrote a new diary post: To the Ballot for Alana and Troy

    2013-11-08 09:57:14View | Delete

    ThumbnailLast Sunday, at the 10th memorial of my children’s death, we started a march to the ballot for patient safety. I hope you will join us. My seven year old, Alana, and ten year old, Troy, died because an addict got thousands of pills she never should have been prescribed since she had no physical symptoms. She [...]

  • Consumer Watchdog wrote a new diary post: Shouldn’t Doctors Have To Pee In The Cup Too?

    2013-10-10 08:44:43View | Delete

    ThumbnailPilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet. Substance abuse among doctor runs twice as high among doctors as the general population — 18% of physicians according to the California Medical Board. It’s no wonder, [...]

  • Consumer Watchdog wrote a new diary post: Brown Out

    2013-09-27 17:10:22View | Delete

    ThumbnailGovernor Jerry Brown waited until late Friday to veto legislation requiring coroners to report to the medical board whenever narcotics cause deaths. The medical establishment has opposed the bill, which is aimed at weeding out the small number of dangerous and drug dealing doctors who are responsible for the vast majority of prescription drug overdose deaths. Brown [...]

  • ThumbnailA drunk Orange County plastic surgeon reportedly disfigured at least a half dozen patients before losing his license. A Rocklin anesthesiologist was arrested for taking anesthesia through an extra IV line while administering it to a patient. A meth-using doctor who was convicted of drug dealing will get his doctor’s license back after a year. Does your [...]

  • ThumbnailWe need your help! In the last week of the legislative session, polluters may be getting a big gift if last minute legislation is not amended. Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being “left in place” instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities under last minute amendments to Speaker John Perez’s [...]

  • ThumbnailFifteen women and mothers whose lives have been devastated by medical negligence wrote to the CEOs of Planned Parenthood today asking them to reverse a position that is devastating to women’s health and access to justice in California. The letter asked the CEOs to reverse their position on a proposed ballot measure to change a law [...]

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