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August 2009

What are the largest health insurance companies in America?

Several times in recent weeks during the health care debate, I’ve heard or read that a few companies provide most of the health care insurance in the nation. Who are these companies? UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, Aetna, Humana, and Cigna. Why, with the health care debate in full swing, haven’t we... Read more →


President urges the faith community to step up efforts for health insurance reform

Yesterday I receive an e-mail from WashPIRG inviting me to participate in a conference call with thousands of others today on health care reform with its allies in the faith community. The call, featuring remarks from President Obama, was part of a larger campaign in the faith community called 40... Read more →


The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Psyclone Essentials and React Wii™ 4-dock battery recharge stations

About 220,000 Psyclone Essentials and React Wii™ 4-dock battery recharge stations are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Manufactured in China and distributed by Griffin International Cos. Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn., the battery pack can overheat, posing a burn or fire hazard to the consumer, according to... Read more →


What were the best and worst consumer experiences you had this week?

Recently, I launched a best and worst consumer experience feature on The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide. I think looking weekly at our best and worse experiences as consumers will help us learn from our successes and mistakes. Each week, we have dozens of consumer happenings, some good and some... Read more →


New GM not responsible for claims by consumers already injured by defective GM vehicles

A bankruptcy court has ruled that Chrysler is exempt from accountability and responsibility for products sold before the bankruptcy in many respects, according to a consumer advocacy organization. Public Citizen is disappointed with the court’s decision to allow GM to be sold to the new GM “free and clear” of... Read more →