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CFPB Calls Out Credit Bureaus and Debt Collectors for Abusive Practices

Have the credit bureaus and debt collectors been meeting their legal responsibilities to treat consumers fairly? We’ve long argued that credit bureaus and debt collectors need to be held more accountable for breaking the law and harming consumers. Luckily, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been taking a closer look. In the CFPB’s latest […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 | No Comments »


A turning tide on antibiotic-raised meat

 ” A post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill– is a very real possibility for the 21st century.” “If we don’t act now, our medicine cabinet will be empty and we won’t have the antibiotics we need to save lives.” You’d think that these kinds of alarm bells sounded by not-so-alarmist organizations as […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 | 8 Comments »


National Momentum Building On Labeling GMO Foods

The national drumbeat about genetically engineered food is getting louder. And each one of you who talk about, share on your networks, or take action to label GMO foods is helping bang the drum. Monsanto, can you hear that? Just last week, voters in two rural Oregon farming counties banned GMO crops. The vote was […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 | 23 Comments »


No more excuses! Distinguishing “need” from “desire” when insurers want to raise rates

As we explained in our earlier blog posts, health insurance companies are starting to submit to state and federal officials information on what health insurance policies they plan to offer and at what price. It’s a fact of life that costs are constantly increasing and nowhere is that truer than in the healthcare sector. However, how much they go up each year is open for debate and a central factor in how insurance companies set their rates.

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 | No Comments »


Consumers rally against Comcast’s mega merger at shareholder meeting

Comcast may have an army of lobbyists on their side as they push their mega merger in Washington, but we’ve got the people! That’s the message we sent loud and clear at the Comcast shareholder meeting earlier this week in Philadelphia.  While investors were meeting inside, we held a People’s Vote on the merger outside […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 | 2 Comments »


Consumers rally against Comcast’s mega merger at shareholder meeting

Comcast may have an army of lobbyists on their side as they push their mega merger in Washington, but we’ve got the people! That’s the message we sent loud and clear at the Comcast shareholder meeting earlier this week in Philadelphia.  While investors were meeting inside, we held a People’s Vote on the merger outside […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »


New CFPB Paper Highlights Unfair Reporting of Medical Debt

Do you think that your medical bills are calculated fairly in your credit score? New research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) suggests that they’re not. The CFPB’s new report reveals that the way medical debt is currently calculated in credit scores does not accurately represent consumers’ creditworthiness. Medical debt has become a significant […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | 1 Comment »


Guest Post: A Blueprint for an Out of Control Cost Structure

Guest post by Roland Garton Consumers Union collected stories on the many problems consumers face with the cost of healthcare. This guest blog comes from one of the hundreds of story sharers that wrote to us.  How does one find out the cost of a medical procedure without actually having it performed? Short answer: you […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | No Comments »


Victory on GMO in Jackson and Josephine Counties, Oregon

Voters in Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine counties took a stand against Monsanto and the biotech industry on GMOs yesterday, passing ballot measures to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified crops within county borders in order to protect local crops from GMO pollen creep.   It is unclear at this point whether Josephine County’s law is enforceable. […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | No Comments »


New Pew Report Says Student Loan Borrowers Struggle to Accumulate Wealth

If there’s anyone still out there who doesn’t think student loans have a long-term impact on young people’s lives (is there?), some fresh numbers from Pew Research are worth a hard look.  The wealth gap is growing at alarming rates between those who are debt-free and those who carry student loans after graduation. According to […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | No Comments »


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