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Consumer Watchdog fights to protect patients, improve health care quality and create universal care. We believe the health of patients should come before the financial wealth of health insurance companies, drug companies and other profit-driven health care corporations. We work toward a safer, affordable health care system by eliminating waste, fraud and profiteering.

In the mid to late 1990s, Consumer Watchdog pioneered the nation’s toughest HMO patients’ rights law.  During the 2000s, we uncovered outrageous practices by health insurance companies that resulted in some of the strongest protections under Obamacare. These include the bans on preexisting condition limitations, medical underwriting and the ability of insurance companies to revoke policies for innocent omissions on enrollment forms.

Our current fights include campaigns to reduce the price of prescription drugs, implement a Medicare for all system and lower health insurance rates through proven regulation that has saved drivers and home owners hundreds of billions of dollars on their insurance rates in California.

Atty Gen Falls Behind In Prioritizing Opioid Tracking Tool

Santa Monica, CA -- The California Department of Justice told the legislature today that it will delay implementation of a key technological tool for stemming the opioid abuse crisis until 2019, more than a year later than the database was deployed statewide. The technology appears sound, but the delay seems to be in prioritizing personnel to accomplish its certification, according to today’s testimony.

Grieving Parents and Ralph Nader Call Out Gov. Brown

SAN JOSE, CA -- With the state of the state speech tomorrow, the parents of a child killed by a doctor who got off with only a public reprimand and consumer advocate Ralph Nader separately wrote Governor Jerry Brown to ask him to deal with California’s patient safety crisis. 

They both reminded Brown of words he personally spoke to them, in one case condemning the state law on malpractice Brown himself signed 43 years ago and, in the other, offering to stay involved in the family's struggle.

Trump’s Health Plan Order Could Bring Back Days of Junk Insurance

Santa Monica, CA -- The White House’s executive order today seeking to allow for more “Association Health Plans” could turn the clock back to days when patients faced unlimited medical bills even when they played by the rules, the nonprofit nonpartisan group Consumer Watchdog said today.

Consumer Watchdog fought off previous proposals that allowed for the sale of more such policies that promise lower costs but deliver junk health insurance plans that can leave patients with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

TGIF in America Again?

Sharing the midday, San Francisco sunlight with Bernie Sanders Friday, I had a rare feeling these days, that everything is going to be all right.  It felt just the way Bob Marley sang it.

Bernie thundered away from the stage in Yerba Buena park to the applause of a thousand nurses from the mighty California Nurses Association and thousands more San Franciscans on their lunch break. It’s hard not to feel good on a sunny day in Frisco surrounded by a sea of nurses standing a few feet from Bernie and Jane Sanders.

Trump’s Decision On Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Could Hurt California Consumers

The Trump administration’s decision to give health insurers until Sept. 5 to file their 2018 rates will not have an effect in California.

That is because California insurers have already announced plans to raise rates an average of 12.5 percent next year.

California Health Care Fight May Show Democratic Party Future In Trump Era

As Democrats gear up for the 2018 election, they confront big challenges: Polls in the last election showed a general electorate that deeply distrusted the party’s leaders, while new surveys show the Democratic base has lost faith in government — and now many swing