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Insurers Pressuring Obama to Defy Law So They Can Continue Keeping You in the Dark

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you have no idea what you're paying good money for when you enroll in a health insurance plan, there's a good reason for that: insurers profit from your ignorance. And they're waging an intense behind-the-scenes campaign to keep you in the dark.

Test the Toys, Not Our Kids!

Ami Gadhia | Posted 12.19.2011 | Parents
Ami Gadhia

Consumers cannot afford to wait any longer to be sure that the products they're buying for their children are safe. Recalls are simply not an adequate solution to this safety problem.

Just Label It: We Have a Right to Know What's In Our Food

Naomi Starkman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

Yesterday, a broadbased coalition of nearly 400 businesses and organizations dedicated to food safety and consumer rights called on the FDA to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

Governor Brown: It's Up to You to Ban BPA in Baby Bottles

Elisa Odabashian | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Elisa Odabashian

Harmless alternatives to BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups are in demand. With the signing of this bill, California can signal that big chemical company money cannot trump the health of babies and toddlers.

Nonprofit Insurers: Reaping Profits at the Expense of the Consumer

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.27.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

Nowhere are health insurers working harder to thwart reforms that could save consumers billions of dollars than in California, where a proposed bill that give state regulators the authority to reject rate increases that were excessive or discriminatory.

Turning the Clock Back on Child Safety Protections

Ami Gadhia | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Ami Gadhia

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is preparing to consider a bill that would poke serious holes in the product safety net. Here is a breakdown of some of the ways this bill would put consumers at risk:

Are Insurers Writing the Health Reform Regulations?

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Health insurance company lobbyists know the media are not paying much attention. And so they are able to influence what health reform regulations actually look like -- and how the law will be enforced -- with little scrutiny, much less awareness.

Kerry, McCain, and Your Online Privacy

Ioana Rusu | Posted 06.13.2011 | Technology
Ioana Rusu

In their comprehensive online privacy bill, Senators Kerry and McCain have laid out a plan that could give consumers a clear way to opt out of having their information shared indiscriminately with advertisers or other businesses.

Yepoka Yeebo

AT&T's T-Mobile Deal: A Chance To Fix Competition 'Charade'

HuffingtonPost.com | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK -- AT&T's $39 billion plan to buy T-Mobile, a marriage of two heavyweights, threatens to hurt consumers who would have fewer cell phone carri...

Don't Pull the Rug Out From Health Reform

Jim Guest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Guest

As an organization that looks out for consumers, we're already seeing positive changes in health care, with more improvements on the way.

New Data Confirms High Mercury Levels In Certain Tuna

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Naomi Starkman

Consumer Reports' latest tests confirm that white (albacore) tuna usually contains far more mercury than light tuna.

Comcast/NBC: Don't Make Consumers the Biggest Losers

Parul P. Desai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Parul P. Desai

A combined Comcast and NBC would instantly become a telecommunications colossus, wielding unprecedented influence over the news and entertainment we see and the price we pay for it.

Beat the Clock to Make Food Safer

Ami Gadhia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ami Gadhia

It's Thanksgiving week, when food and football take center stage in homes across America. Food has been center stage in Congress lately, too. And fo...

G20 Needs to Do More to Protect Consumers From Financial Abuses

Jim Guest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Guest

Governments have a duty to consumers to show that they are not simply a means for the financial services industry to make a profit at all costs.

Health Reform -- The Early Benefits

Jim Guest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Guest

Though it's far from perfect, the health reform law points us in the right direction. If you examine what's really in the law, there are many good provisions that help a lot of people. Here are a few examples.

Food, Inc.'s Eric Schlosser Urges Senate to Pass Food Safety Bill

Jean Halloran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jean Halloran

Schlosser is joining with Consumers Union to urge consumers to fight for passage of FDA food safety reform legislation, which passed the House last year and is now stalled awaiting action in the Senate.

80-Plus Groups Urge FDA, USDA to Change U.S. Position on Food Labeling

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

A proposed U.S. policy on food labeling would create major problems for American producers who want to label their products as free of genetically modified or engineered ingredients.

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Competition is Heating Up

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Diamandis

Step aside oversized SUVs, and welcome in the more compact, earth-friendly wheels. Out with the luxurious and in with the parsimonious. What was once considered nerdy is now haute couture.

The Payday Industry's Powerful Friend

Gary Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Rivlin

The country's payday lenders and check cashers gave more in campaign donations to Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) than any other Republican in Congress.

Stop GE Alfalfa: Consumers Care About GE Contamination

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued USDA on behalf of farmers and others regarding its approval of Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa.

Halloween Horror: Cattle Fed Chicken Poop and Recycled Cow Remains

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

Feeding cattle chicken litter is everyday practice in feedlots. Surprisingly, this unhealthy and inhumane practice is legal and poorly monitored, creating unacceptable risks to human and animal health.

Tests Find Wide Range of Bisphenol A in Canned Soups, Juice, and More

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

Consumer Reports' latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods tested contain measurable levels of Bisphenol A (BPA).

Shahien Nasiripour

Mortgage Lenders Making Record Profits, Consumers Suffer

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Never ones to let an opportunity go unexploited, mortgage lenders are taking advantage of a market fueled by low interest rates and massive government...

Consumer Reports: What Is Net Neutrality?

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Even Senator John McCain was for Net Neutrality, before he was against it.

Food Safety Action Day (Join Us!)

Morgan Jindrich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Morgan Jindrich

This week, Make Our Food Safe, a coalition of public interest safety groups are taking the message of safe lunches to the streets.