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News Story
11/15/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The following op-ed (Part 1) by Harvey Rosenfield, the founder of Consumer Watchdog and the author of Proposition 103, was published in The Daily Journal of Los Angeles on Monday, November 15, 2010. Part 2 will be published on November 16, 2010. ------------ Can the California Insurance Commissioner or one of his staff authorize an insurance...
Issue
11/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For more than 20 years, Consumer Watchdog has been the nation's leading insurance reform organization. We have saved consumers tens of billions of dollars, developed innovative consumer programs and reversed some of the most anti-consumer insurance policies in the industry.
News Story
11/1/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The governor's race is getting more attention, but the campaign for state insurance commissioner might have higher stakes, as federal health care reform barrels toward California. "From a pocketbook perspective, the insurance commissioner's race has more of an impact on the daily lives of Californians than any other race," said...
News Story
10/29/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The races for governor and senator have been getting most of the attention this election cycle. But there's a controversy in the state insurance commissioner's race. It has to do with money, and who's funding the campaigns. California's insurance commissioner is responsible for regulating the insurance...
Focus Area
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In 1988, Californians revolted against excessive auto, homeowner and business insurance premiums and passed Proposition 103, a ballot measure written by Consumer Watchdog founder Harvey Rosenfield to rein in insurance companies. Using the provisions of Prop 103, Consumer Watchdog has lowered rates and saved Californians over $100 billion over the...
News Story
10/27/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Seven of the state’s leading insurance companies have contributed more than $3.6 million over the past month to a political action committee that in turn has spent nearly $3 million on advertising promoting Republican Mike Villines and attacking Democrat Dave Jones in the race for insurance commissioner. Consumer advocates said the evidence...
News Story
10/27/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The following op-ed commentary by Jamie Court was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday, October 27, 2010:   A television advertisement praises Republican candidate for insurance commissioner Mike Villines as a man who "will stop insurance companies from canceling policies for people who get sick." There's only...
News Story
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doug Heller, executive director of Consumer Watchdog in California, said insurance companies generally start with a low offer. "They know a percentage of the people with claims will accept the first offer. Another percentage will take the second offer. Only a small percentage will go all the way and fight for what is their due." He...
News Story
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
 "People faced with a 50 percent increase are far more likely to drop their insurance than to stomach that increase for the nebulous prospect of a future refund," said Carmen Balber, director of the Washington office for Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has battled the insurance industry over health reform. And for those...
News Story
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance officials defy industry pushback, finalize key part of healthcare law Brushing off a last-minute lobbying push by the insurance industry, state insurance officials on Thursday finalized new rules requiring insurance companies to dedicate more revenues directly to healthcare.  Gathered in Orlando, Fla., members of the National...