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Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

The best time to have a hearing on another health insurance merger in California is when few in the media are around to prepare for it. So, obviously, California plans another health insurance merger hearing on the Monday after New Year's. Let's hope it is more informative than the last one, though we have our doubts. But the holiday season is also, in political terms, the calm before the legislative storm. The Legislature begins its next session on Jan. 4. 

Ex-Attorney General Bill Lockyer Explains Why He Is Working For Big Oil

Lockyer Goes To Dark Side, Big Oil

Heading to Sacramento Wednesday to testify on California’s outrageous gasoline price spikes, I was looking for context to explain the $10 billion extra California drivers paid for their gasoline in 2015 compared to US drivers. Then I read the Star Wars series made $4.4 billion worldwide. 
 
An oil oligopoly, anchored by four California oil refiners, that control 78% of the gasoline market, raked in more extra dollars at the pump in one year than one of the most successful movie franchises in history.
 

What's Behind the Curtain as Kamala Harris Decides Hospital Sale?

Why would a hedge fund, with little healthcare experience, commit $100 million in capital and provide a $150 million loan, with interest, to a dying hospital system?  That's the question Attorney General Kamala Harris needs to answer correctly or thousands of jobs will evaporate and critical healthcare access for many residents will vanish.

Will CA Attorney General Stand With Healthcare Workers And Patients Or a Hedge Fund?

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will soon have to decide if she is on the side of patients and healthcare workers or a New York hedge fund looking to make easy money with little risk by buying six financially-struggling Catholic hospitals. 
 

Explosive Prime Lawsuit Allegations Could Be Kamala Harris Bomb & Scorsese Plot

Earlier this year, Capitol Watchdog wrote about how SEIU-UHW union President Dave Regan scuttled a deal between six financially struggling California Catholic community hospitals and Prime Healthcare out of spite. Regan used his political clout to stop Attorney General Kamala Harris's approval of the sale despite support from the California Nurses Association and SEIU members at the facilities, as well as from Consumer Watchdog (Capitol Watchdog's sponsor).

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