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News Story
10/3/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The sponsors of Proposition 33, a measure to allow auto insurers to charge higher or lower rates based on whether a driver had coverage in the previous five years, don't seem content just to stretch the truth about the nature of their measure (which The Times' editorial board opposes). They're also running television commercials that...
News Story
10/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California voters are getting a chance to tweak the state’s car insurance rules when they consider the fate of Proposition 33. The November ballot item asks voters to change the way car insurance rates are calculated in California. The measure proposes tweaking current rules to allow companies to consider a driver’s insurance...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial from the Santa Cruz Sential. Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6 ballot is a testament, or an indictment, of one auto insurance company's dogged pursuit of recruiting customers while charging more to Californians who are either buying policies for the first time or have let their coverage lapse. This measure...
News Release
9/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer advocates and civil rights leaders testified today before a joint hearing of the California Assembly and Senate Insurance Committees that Prop 33 would turn back the clock on insurance discrimination in the state of California and raise rates for good drivers who have done nothing wrong. Carrying a life-size cut-out of...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
As a student at the University of San Francisco, I find like many San Franciscans that living in the city means I don't need a car. Even if I wanted a car, USF doesn't allow us to have them on campus. With tuition going up every year, auto insurance is an extra expense I don't need, so I'm thinking of canceling my insurance....
News Release
8/27/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Data released today by the Secretary of State shows a ballot measure to require health insurance companies to publicly justify rate increases should have been on the ballot this November, but was unnecessarily delayed to 2014 due to a flawed signature verification process, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign. The measure...
News Story
8/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Two decades ago, when my now 21-year-old son had a terrifying medical mishap that has left him blind and disabled for life, I sought out a consumer group that was advocating for patients. And since discovering Consumer Watchdog, over the last 20 years, we have exposed medical negligence, fought for better patient safety laws, won landmark...
News Story
8/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Secretary of State announced on Thursday that a ballot initiative to require health insurance companies to publicly justify and get approval for rate increases before they take effect has qualified for the 2014 ballot. Santa Monica, Calif.-based-Consumer Watchdog’s Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act...
News Release
8/16/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA — San Bernardino County, plagued by predatory mortgages that left 60% of the county’s homeowners underwater, is stepping up to solve the problem on its own after the failure of banks and the financial industry to stem the crisis, said Consumer Watchdog. The county’s newly formed joint powers authority scheduled a...
News Release
8/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A Sacramento Superior Court will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit by Mercury Insurance Company billionaire George Joseph and his Prop 33 campaign to remove criticism of Prop 33 from the official ballot arguments and hide from voters the fact that Proposition 33 will allow insurance companies to surcharge California...