Consumer group releases list of April Fool's
The Consumer Federation of the Southeast released a lengthy list of April Fools Wednesday, highlighting what it considers several shameful anti-consumer bills being pushed by telephone companies, health insurers, tobacco companie and electric utilities. On the list:
* The Florida Medical Association for its "sneaky legislation" to force insurers to pay the same rate for out-of-network doctors that they pay those who agree to lower their rates for a group plan. (HB 855)
* Health insurance companies who want "bait and switch" by substituting lower cost drugs for name brances even if it means the lower-price brands are not recommended by a patient's doctor.
* Dosal Tobacco of Miami for "trying to pass itself off as a little 'mom and pop' business' when it is the third largest seller of cigarettes in Florida.
* Credit card companies for raising their credit rates when consumers faced financial hardship. They gourp commends Sen. Charlie Justice and Rep. Maria Lorts Sachs for legislation (SB 772/HB 553) they have filed to prohibit the practice.
* Auto insurers who set rates based on a consumer's credit score, not driving record. They commend Sen. Ronda Storms and Rep. Priscilla Taylor for legislation (SB 1524/HB 683) to d outlaw this practice.
* Phone companies for pushing legislation (CS-SB 2626/CS-HB 1465) to deregulate phone rates and service.