New consumer agenda
by Guest Blogger, 9/28/2004
Six consumer protection groups -- Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, National Association of Consumer Advocates, National Consumer Law Center, Public Citizen, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group -- have worked together to produce the Consumer Agenda, a six-point plan for increasing consumer protections and consumers' rights. From the press release: Some recent attacks on consumer protections include: a ban on the federal government negotiating lower prescription drug prices for Medicare recipients; the inability of consumers to prevent the sharing of their personal financial information with potentially thousands of companies; the failure of the government to adequately test for Mad Cow disease or require mandatory recall of tainted meat; the loss of patients’ rights to sue their HMOs; and a slew of federal legislative actions that undercut stronger state laws. As a result of these anti-consumer policies, the coalition has developed a six-point agenda to highlight some of the most critical issues facing the American public today. “With so many conflicting voices dominating the public policy debate, we wanted to elevate the consumer voice and educate Americans about what’s really at stake in the marketplace when it comes to their health, their privacy, their pocketbooks, and their safety. We see our agenda as a key starting point for consumers and journalists, who should be asking their policymakers right now about how they intend to protect the public interest,” said the leaders of the six organizations, who hope to reach as many as 50 million consumers with the new agenda. “By helping consumers make more informed decisions, we believe we can build an influential consumer movement that will be a powerful force for change,” they added. Get the Consumer Agenda here.