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Fighting for Consumer Rights, Fifty Years After Kennedy's Call

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Today marks the 50th anniversary of a watershed moment in the consumer movement -- the recognition by a president that consumers deserved their own set of rights.

On March 15, 1962, President John F. Kennedy called for a set of four basic rights for every consumer:

• The right...

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Don't Pull the Rug Out From Health Reform

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 2:54 PM

When we started Consumer Reports magazine back in 1936, one of our biggest concerns was health care. Millions of consumers were struggling to get health insurance they could afford and count on when they got sick. That problem has only gotten bigger since our first issue rolled off the presses...

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G20 Needs to Do More to Protect Consumers From Financial Abuses

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 8:55 AM

Easy credit and poor oversight -- as exemplified by subprime mortgages in the U.S. -- have been a key catalyst for our global financial crisis. It is now very clear how ineffective regulation of financial consumer lending practices has contributed to the creation and worsening of a crisis that has...

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Health Reform -- The Early Benefits

(39) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 12:12 PM

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the number of people without health insurance shot up by another 4.4 million for a total of 50.7 million people. That's the biggest jump in a year ever, and it's a dramatic reminder of why we need health reform.

But the news...

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Consumers Can't Wait Any Longer for Health Reform

(107) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 1:26 PM

More than 70 years ago, Consumers Union, the independent, nonprofit organization that publishes Consumer Reports, called for affordable, reliable health care for all Americans.

Today, after decades of failed proposals, broken promises, and political rancor, our nation is the closest it has ever been to answering that call.

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