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Newsom Uses Emergency Powers To Protect Politically Connected Doctors In Watchdog Role
Carmen Balber and Jamie Court discuss why Gov Newsom should withdraw his nomination of an opponent of patient safety reforms and former head of the doctors’ lobby to the Medical Board charged with overseeing patient safety, and the use of his pandemic emergency powers to delay public scrutiny of the appointment.
For Overstretched Hospitals, Civil Rights Laws Still Apply
As the pandemic reaches crisis levels and health care rationing becomes a real possibility in California hospitals, Consumer Watchdog’s Carmen Balber and Jerry Flanagan remind us of our right to care and laws that prevent discrimination in treatment based on age, race, disability, or pre-existing condition.
Protecting Access to Home Insurance in 2021
Consumer Watchdog’s Carmen Balber and Harvey Rosenfield ring in the New Year with a conversation about big victories to protect homeowners’ access to insurance in 2020, new rules in 2021 to reward homeowners who take steps to protect their homes from wildfires, and the fight to protect Californians from insurers’ use of Big Data to impose arbitrary rate hikes.
This Year's Good News
2020 brought a lot of changes for everyone, not all of them bad. Consumer Watchdog’s leaders look back at some of our big consumer victories during the past year….and forward to next year’s campaigns.
Insider Talks About Protecting Your Connected Car From Hacks
Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court talks with an anonymous technologist and whistle blower about the dangers of Internet connected cars and what can be done to protect your car from hacking.
Mail Order RX is not for everyone
Carmen Balber sits down with Consumer Watchdog Attorney Ben Powell to discuss a win this week at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal in a case enforcing protections under the Affordable Care Act. People with HIV can pursue a discrimination claim against CVS Caremark for requiring them to obtain their HIV medications by mail.