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Friday, February 17, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

One year ago, Hillsborough County in Florida’s Tampa Bay had 775 staged accidents, the second highest in the nation behind New York City. The $15.5 million price tag for those bogus medical claims drove auto insurance premiums in the county up $350 or more, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, or NICB. First, county

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Friday, February 10, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

My recent blog, “Ending the doctor gravy train,” that explored how health care reform plans to make transparent the commonplace practice of doctors accepting gifts of food, money and junkets from pharmaceutical companies really hit a nerve with doctors out there. Here’s a sampling: Doc: This article is ridiculous. Virtually all gifts and freebies that

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As President Barack Obama’s historic health care reform inches toward its final exam before the Supreme Court next month, a second front led by leaders of the Catholic Church has been growing against the Affordable Care Act. Unlike the legal challenge by 26 states to the act’s “individual mandate” that requires all Americans to purchase health

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Friday, February 3, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The poor pay more for auto insurance and that ain’t fair. That’s the executive summary of a new study by the Consumer Federation of America funded by the Ford Foundation that calls for an end to de facto price discrimination based on questionable rating factors. CFA executive director Stephen Brobeck and director of insurance J.

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Friday, January 27, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

My recent blog concerning Allstate’s decision to drop 45,000 North Carolina customers who refused to “bundle” their homeowners and auto insurance policies with the company unleashed a firestorm of reader anger directed at the “Good Hands” people. Here’s a sampling: Evan: To HECK with ALLSTATE….3 yrs ago I owned a home in suffolk county,NY… In 2008

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Before you swallow that new drug prescribed by your doctor, wouldn’t you like to know whether the drug’s manufacturer recently treated your physician to an all-expenses-paid golf junket to Pebble Beach or Hilton Head to extol its miracle properties? The pills-for-perks dance is commonplace in modern medicine, where based on appearances alone, one might easily

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Friday, January 20, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Way back in the pre-now days, it could take years for consumer complaints to catch up with a company. But today, thanks to the now-ness of social media, corporations can lose millions overnight if they’re called out on Facebook or Twitter for an egregious policy or practice. Just ask Bank of America. What’s a poor

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Friday, January 13, 2012 11:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

This March, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which for the first time will require all Americans to obtain health insurance two years from now under a provision called the individual mandate. If the nine justices rule that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, those 26 states challenging health

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Smack in the middle of most debates over the fate of that three-legged dog known as the National Flood Insurance Program has been the assumption that private flood insurance from the Allstates and State Farms of the world would prove far more expensive than government-issue. Well, Houston, turns out we may have a problem with

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Friday, January 6, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Despite a recent, strongly worded recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board that calls for a nationwide ban on cellphone use, email and texting while driving, our current political paralysis makes the likelihood of that happening pretty remote. Even if you remove politics from the equation, our track record of enforcing highway safety nationally isn’t encouraging. After

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