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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).