Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court comments on insurance rates being raised for vape users. " I'm no fan of the insurance industry but I think they're probably right in this circumstance," Court says in reference to the long term health effects.
During a routine hysterectomy, Annette’s surgeon unknowingly sliced her bowel. Diligent post-operative care would have revealed this problem, but for over 36 hours medical providers failed to report her abnormal vital signs. An infection spread throughout her body, causing her to go into septic shock. Failure to diagnose her condition led to the amputation of her arms and legs.
Almost 45 years ago, in 1975, politicians set a cap on the damages that patients like Annette could receive for all she had lost due to medical negligence - her ability to walk, work, move freely and be with her family as she once was – at $250,000. That limit for loss of a patient’s quality of life still stands today - exactly as it was written back then. It has never been adjusted – not even for inflation. At first Annette's family couldn’t believe it was true, but then they realized that the maximum amount their family could recover for the entire ordeal was determined by politicians four and a half decades ago.
The Fairness for Injured Patients Act (FIPA), a proposed ballot measure for the November 2020 ballot, would adjust the 45-year old cap and create exceptions in the case of catastrophic injuries like Annette's.
When he was two years old, Steven fell in the woods. He was rushed to the hospital, where penny-pinching medical providers ignored his parents pleas for diagnostic tests and sent him away. His parents, knowing something was wrong, asked repeatedly for a CAT scan but it was denied. Steven returned comatose. The providers who denied his CAT scan had failed to detect a growing brain abscess that left him blind and brain damaged.
A jury awarded Steven $7 million to compensate for him for his lifetime of blindness and disability. However, a compensation cap set in 1975 by California politicians and never adjusted forced the judge to reduce verdict for all that he had lost for his quality of life to $250,000. Both of Steven’s parents have had to quit their jobs to care for him full-time.
The Fairness for Injured Patients Act (FIPA), a proposed ballot measure for the November 2020 California ballot, would update the 45 year-old compensation cap.
Lara had campaigned on a pledge not to take any money from the insurance industry. However he later broke that pledge and accepted insurance industry money, taking $50,000 from people affiliated with the industry.
If you use a car to commute in SoCal, here’s some news you’ve already felt: gas prices have reached their highest level in five years in California, and have hit 17 straight days of increases in L.A. County.
If you have friends in other states, here’s some more news your friend has probably hipped you to: California’s gas prices are about $1.50 more per gallon than the national average ($4.13 a gallon compared to $2.67).
We’ve heard about those Saudi oil strikes at the heart of Trump administration tensions with Iran, but why is SoCal in particular seeing such dramatic spikes?
This is the sort of thing Jamie Court tracks as President of the consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, and he joined Spectrum News anchor Amrit Singh for a conversation on the “Golden State gouge,” the reasons it exists, and whether independent gas stations are slinging the same quality gas as the more expensive name brands (spoiler alert: they are).
Gas prices have gone up every day for the last 13 days in California. Jamie Court discusses the increasing prices in California and suggests filling up at independent gas stations rather than the big chains, saying they get better deals from refineries. "It's a lot of profit for the oil industries," Court says, "they treat us as a cash machine, they treat us as an ATM."
The City of Los Angeles is dropping its lawsuit against the software company PricewaterhouseCoopers, accused of being responsible for the LADWP overbilling scandal. City Attorneys accused of conflicts of interest are refusing to testify which the city has made it difficult to pursue the case. Jamie Court says this is a cover-up and that the city wants to shut the case down to prevent public awareness of the level of fraud in LADWP and the City Attorney's office.
Gas prices have jumped again in Los Angeles and could go up even more soon. Jamie Court discusses the spike in Southern California and suggests filling up at independent gas stations rather than the big chains, saying they get better deals from refineries.