Consumer Group Blasts Sen. Hernandez Over Ties to Kaiser
Consumer Watchdog is calling for Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) to be stripped of his position as chair of Senate Health Committee after Hernandez's latest financial disclosure report raised questions about his business relationship with Kaiser Permanente. The consumer advocacy group noted that Hernandez recently helped shelve a bill (AB 52) that would have given state officials power to regulate health insurance rate increases. The senator's disclosure report shows that since 2006, Kaiser has paid about $387,000 to lease an office building owned by Hernandez's company.
- "State Senate Health Chairman Doing Business With Kaiser" (McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, 9/18).