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News Story
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following analyses represent my opinions. The SD Free Press editorial board may or may not agree with me. For all our articles on the upcoming election, check out our 2014 Progressive Voter’s Guide. There are no special interests more special than insurance companies, doctors and lawyers. Here we have two propositions involving all...
News Story
10/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California voters have every right to view all state propositions with a healthy dose of skepticism. Propositions rarely do exactly what the authors say they will do. They are drawn up with loopholes big enough to drive a bullet train through, or with little favors built in to curry votes with certain groups, or with last-minute add-ons that...
Blog Post
10/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
I went to Washington DC right after the 2008 election to open up Consumer Watchdog's office on Capitol Hill and make sure health reform worked for consumers. With the launch of new insurance marketplaces yesterday nationwide, consumers are reaping the fruit of health reform: Insurers must sell policies to everyone and cannot charge more based...
News Release
11/28/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross could owe big refund checks to 730,000 Californians if its proposed rate hikes of up to 25% are deemed excessive thanks to an initiative voters will consider on the 2014 ballot.   The ballot measure requires health insurance companies to get approval before raising rates and allows that refunds be...
Blog Post
11/8/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Insurance companies learned a lesson election night in California:  Don’t try to fool the voters or you’ll be the one looking foolish. Thanks to your help voters saw through one insurance billionaire’s deceptive campaign and rejected Prop 33 with 55% opposed. Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph spent $17.5 million and...
News Story
11/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
What do Thomas Steyer and Chris Kelly know that fellow California high-rollers George Joseph, Molly Munger, her brother Charles T. Munger Jr. and Nicolas Berggruen don't? All six multimillionaires bankrolled a ballot proposition in this year's election. But voters approved the ones backed by Steyer, a financier in San Francisco, and Kelly...
News Story
11/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — A Los Angeles insurance executive's drive to boost his company's fortunes by seeking authority to offer a new auto coverage discount got trounced by voters. Proposition 33, bankrolled by Mercury General Corp. Chairman George Joseph, lost with 45.4% of the vote to opposition of 54.6% with all California precincts...
News Story
11/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES, CA -- For the second time in three years, voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have let auto insurers charge drivers based on their history of maintaining coverage. Proposition 33 failed Tuesday with about 55 percent voting against. It was the second attempt by billionaire insurance executive George Joseph to let...
News Story
11/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- The consumer activists that defeated the Proposition 33 auto insurance initiative, despite their small budget, are crowing over their victory and spoiling for a new fight. This tiime, it's with the health insurance industry. Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica is winding up its own initiative on the 2014 ballot to regulate health...
News Story
11/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The “B” word may have been the most lethal weapon against an automobile insurance portable persistency initiative put to Californians, the second such initiative in the last two years to be defeated. California’s Proposition 33, the 2012 Automobile Insurance Discount Act, was defeated with 54.6 percent voting against it,...