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News Story
5/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Californians thought they had settled this already. But with Proposition 17, an initiative on the June 8 ballot, voters are being asked once again to set the rules governing auto insurance in California and how it’s priced. In reality, this fight has been brewing since 1988, when Californians passed Proposition 103, the landmark law...
News Story
5/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies are lobbying federal and state officials in an effort to ward off strict regulation of premiums and profits under the new health care law. The effort is, in some ways, a continuation of the battle over health care that consumed Congress last year. Insurance lobbyists are trying to shape regulations...
News Story
5/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Angela F. Braly never hesitates to speak up for her company. In the last several months, Ms. Braly, the chief executive of WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, has tangled with state regulators, Congress and the Obama administration over concerns that it charges customers too much or engages in questionable tactics to...
News Release
5/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
HHS Must Push to Curb Spiraling Rates, Prevent Gaming of Reform Act’s Limits on Insurer Overhead, Waste and Profit   Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog, in comments today on new federal regulations to implement health reform, urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve consumers, not the insurance industry, in...
News Story
5/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
One of California’s largest insurers has sunk upward of $10 million into ads and efforts supporting Proposition 17, the auto insurance measure on the June 8 ballot, in what consumer advocates are calling a “David and Goliath” battle that they say could affect consumers for years. The complex measure would allow drivers to...
News Story
5/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The insurance company that placed Proposition 17 on the June ballot says it did so to save money for most policyholders. The consumer-advocacy groups opposing it say that’s merely a smokescreen. What the company, Mercury Insurance, really wants is to undermine a provision of a voter-approved insurance...
News Story
5/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to watch the broadcast of this news segment. SACRAMENTO, CA (KGO) — The battle over Proposition 17 on the June ballot is heating up. The measure could change auto insurance rates and both sides of the issue say they say they are protecting consumers. There are two major players. One is Consumer Watchdog, the group that...
News Story
5/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO — The Mercury Insurance Co. is spending millions of dollars to sell its ballot measure, Proposition 17, as a surefire pocketbook winner for voters. Opponents, being outspent at a ratio of 20-to-1, are hoping that voters’ suspicion of Big Insurance will outweigh the promise of extra cash in their wallet. Voters historically...
News Story
5/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For decades, respected consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield has been battling Mercury Insurance and other corporations that have sought to undermine Proposition 103, the landmark car insurance regulatory measure that he wrote and California voters approved in 1988. But he’s never felt the need to advertise on television, until now. Today...
News Story
5/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
NEW YORK, NY (Dow Jones) -- George Joseph, the founder, chairman and largest shareholder of insurer Mercury General Corp. (MCY), employs his nephew as an executive in the firm without disclosing the family tie to investors, a consumer group said Tuesday. Joseph's nephew, Charles Toney II, is the Los Angeles-based auto insurer's chief actuary,...