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News Release
3/7/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The first large-scale survey of Americans about their problems with medical debt show 1 in 5 are burdened by medical debt and half of them are unable to pay the debt at all. Having health insurance is a key to being able to pay for medical care, said the Consumer Watchdog Campaign, but spiraling insurance rates have left...
Video
2/21/2012
Jamie Court's appearance on Midday Sunday, discussing the campaign to get a proposition on the California ballot which will force health insurers to justify their rates before they take effect. Sign the petition at JustifyRates.org.
Video
2/9/2012
Patients facing 15% rate hikes March 1st took their complaints to Blue Shield yesterday, and signed a ballot petition outside the insurer's San Francisco headquarters to make health insurance companies publicly justify rates before they take effect.  Blue Shield is sitting on $3.1 billion in excess surplus - 1400% the minimum surplus...
Video
2/2/2012
Patients facing unaffordable health insurance premiums join consumer advocates to launch an all-volunteer signature-gathering driver to get health reform on the November ballot Download and sign the petition at JustifyRates.org!
News Release
2/2/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Patients facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, including one who is now uninsured due to rising prices, joined consumer advocates today to launch an historic all-volunteer signature-gathering effort to qualify an initiative measure for California’s November ballot to regulate health insurance rates. ...
News Release
1/19/2012
CONTACT Brian Stedge
Santa Monica, CA – The billionaire insurance baron-backed ballot measure to surcharge millions of California drivers by 40% has qualified for the November 2012 ballot, according to the California Secretary of State.  Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph, who has already contributed over $8 million to the ballot measure, will...
News Release
1/18/2012
CONTACT By Brian Stedge
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance seeks to raise California insurance rates by 8.8% for approximately 300,000 homeowners and renters with Mercury policies. If approved, the increase would generate an additional $19 million per year for Mercury.  The insurer is seeking the increase even though it paid less than 50¢ in claims for...
News Release
10/13/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Jamie Court
Occupy LA/Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, whose founder Harvey Rosenfield wrote Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance reform initiative that has saved drivers $62 billion, celebrated the 100th birthday of the California ballot initiative process at Occupy LA in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan group blew out...
Blog Post
10/12/2011
By Carmen Balber
The New York Times reported today that health insurance companies in New York are fighting to keep the reasons for insurance rate hikes secret. State insurance regulators have demanded the companies open their books to the public. In typical form, insurers are challenging the rule. New York’s financial services superintendent got it just...
Feature
10/10/2011
By Mark Reback
The insurance industry has spent about $100 million on ballot campaigns alone to defeat or overturn Prop 103 including $63.8 million against Prop 103, the $16 million Mercury Insurance spent in its failed 2010 campaign for Prop 17, and the $8.1 million Joseph spent so far this year on a proposed 2012 initiative nearly identical to Prop 17....