United States – Health Care Crisis

February 3, 2012

By Padmini Arhant

Health insurance costs and coverage was extensively discussed during health care debate in 2009.

Health care industry being a powerful stakeholder in politics, like all other legislations results in industry’s favor through campaign donations pledge winning executive and congressional support against public or national interest.

Consumer Watchdog Campaign is focused on reining in the escalating health care prices through ballot measure.

The important step needs every average consumer action to deter unaffordable premium and co-payment hikes despite the passage of the so-called health care law especially with mandatory insurance purchase scheduled to be effective in January 2014.

Your commitment is the only remedy to challenge corporatism undermining democracy on every issue concerning your life.

Please come forward and help this campaign to secure individual and your family’s future.

Since the matter is time sensitive, your prompt response is required for the campaign success.

Thank you for your participation in citizens’ movement on national issue.

Peace to all!

Padmini Arhant

Consumer Watchdog message is presented for public attention and involvement to save lives and make health care affordable to all.

Please visit the official site for more information and to print or request a petition.

Consumer Watchdog Campaign – Make Health Insurance Companies Justify their Rates:

“We are doing it!  Today we launched our ballot initiative drive to force health insurance companies to publicly justify their rates and get permission for rate hikes.

If you are a registered voter in California, your signature today can stop outrageous health insurance premium increases.  Please:

  1. Click on this link: Justify Rates.org.
  2. Follow the instructions to print out the ballot initiative petition on that page.
  3. Sign, date and return it to the address provided as soon as you possibly can.

Why is your signature so important?

If we can gather the signatures of 505,000 registered voters, the measure will qualify for the November 2012 ballot and give voters the right to stop price gouging by health insurance companies.

This is a volunteer qualification campaign, so we can only accomplish this big task with your help.

At the JustifyRates.org website you can print out, sign, date and return the ballot initiative petition, or request copies of the petition in the mail.

Why is this campaign so important?

The five largest health insurance companies made a combined profit of $11.7 billion in 2010.

That was a 17% increase over 2009 profits and a 51% increase over the $7.8 billion made in 2008, according to the California Department of Insurance.

California is one of the few states that does not require health insurance companies to get approval before raising rates.

We wrote this ballot measure for patients like Alison Heath. Alison says,

“Since October of 2010 we’ve had premium increases of 46% and on top of that they have increased our co-payments and annual deductibles. We feel like hostages, unwilling to give up our health insurance and frightened to imagine what they’ll try next. They know we are trapped and will try to take whatever they can from us.”

If you want to help Alison and change this outrageous profit structure, join our effort.

Please print out, sign, date and return this short ballot initiative petition as soon as you possibly can.

We must gather all signatures in just a few short weeks in order to get this measure on the ballot.

If we succeed, Californians will have the right to vote to lower their outrageous health insurance premiums.”

Many thanks for all your support,

Jamie Court
Consumer Watchdog Campaign

P.S. Consumer Watchdog Campaign To Make Health Insurance Companies Justify Their Rates, a committee of consumer advocates with major funding by Consumer Watchdog Campaign Committee. Consumer Watchdog Campaign is a nonprofit consumer protection organization. Your contributions are not tax-deductible.


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