What was missing from President Obama's visionary plan for medical progress? 

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau
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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

I've posted a guest post blog entry from Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari on my Huffington Post blog and cross-posted it here. It explains why Marcus and Elizabeth are traveling from Boulder, Colorado to Volkswagen headquarters in northern Virginia to attempt to return their 2010 "defeat-device" Jetta diesel.

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Last week, Marcus and Elisabeth kicked off a cross-country road trip to Volkswagen headquarters in Virginia to make VW pay for misleading consumers and polluting our air. Marcus and Elisabeth own one of the 567,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. that Volkswagen sold as “clean” but was secretly designed with a “defeat device” to emit as much as 40 times the legal limit for smog-forming pollutants. 

While President Obama discusses some of our nation's biggest economic, social, and foreign policy challenges at the 2016 State of the Union address, here's our take on one of the most pressing public health issues of the era.

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Yesterday, Danny Katz, director of CoPIRG, helped Marcus and Elisabeth kick off a cross-country road trip to Volkswagen headquarters in Virginia to make VW pay for misleading consumers and polluting our air.

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

In October 2015, CoPIRG Director Danny Katz went to a VW dealership with an owner of one of the 567,000 “clean diesel" vehicles that were designed to get around EPA emissions standards. We're asking dealers to stand with their customers and tell VW headquarters to give them their money back.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

(Updated 8 January to add vote results): You've probably heard that the House is soon planning to again repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). That bill will certainly be vetoed. But the House has other anti-consumer, anti-environmental bills scheduled for floor action this week and next. The bills take aim at agency health, financial and safety regulations and also consumer rights to band together as a class to take their grievances against corporate wrongdoers to court. That last bill would immunize Volkswagen from having to compensate VW Diesel owners for being deceptively sold cars designed to "defeat" air pollution requirements.

This was a big year for the fight to save antibiotics. Now we’re looking to the future and looking forward to continuing our efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics in factory farming.

I don't want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I need...