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Blog Post
1/13/2012
By Carmen Balber
Federal health insurance regulators announced yesterday that the health insurance company Trustmark is trying to impose unreasonable rate hikes - that will mean multiple premium increases this year adding up to over 27% for some patients - on nearly 10,000 thousand people in 5 states. The federal health reform law requires review of premium...
News Release
1/4/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance premiums for California families rose 153% since 2002, more than five times the 29% increase in the rate of inflation, according to a new survey released Wednesday. “A 153% increase in health insurance premiums in just 10 years is unbearable and the fact that premiums have risen five times the...
News Release
12/22/2011
CONTACT By Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog Campaign has released a new video showing the 375th richest man in America, 90-year old insurance baron George Joseph, as the Grinch who stole Christmas. The video points to the devious attack by the Chairman of Mercury Insurance on auto insurance customers who will face dramatic premium increases if George...
News Release
11/16/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- A political committee funded by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is reportedly submitting signatures for a November 2012 ballot measure that will reprise the company’s failed effort to enact auto insurance surcharges with Proposition 17, which Californian’s rejected in June 2010. The Mercury initiative...
News Release
11/2/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is no longer the sole donor to a misleading state ballot initiative that would repeal Proposition 103's prohibition against considering a driver’s coverage history when a motorist applies for insurance.  An insurance agency whose only past political contribution was to...
News Release
10/26/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph contributed $1 million to the California Republican Party to fund a ballot initiative that would repeal the new State Senate district lines drawn by an independent commission earlier this year.   Today, the California Supreme Court rejected Republican efforts to toss out the...
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 Jamie Court
What:  Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Initiative Process.  Candles will be blown out and cake will be shared with people participating in Occupy LA. Who:  Harvey Rosenfield, Consumer Watchdog Founder and Prop 103 Author; and Jamie Court, Consumer Watchdog President and Author of “The Progressive’s Guide...
News Release
10/10/2011
CONTACT By Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Sacramento, CA -- “Corporations are abusing California’s initiative process for their own profit,” said Harvey Rosenfield, the author of insurance reform Proposition 103 and founder of Consumer Watchdog, at a conference celebrating direct democracy’s 100th birthday in California. “The Legislature is more beholden to...
Blog Post
10/10/2011
By Jamie Court
With a simple signature, California Governor Jerry Brown has struck a blow for populism in the ballot initiative process by signing a new law to clarify that all ballot initiatives be voted on in November, when twice the number of voters show up, rather than in primary elections. This week Californians celebrate the 100th birthday of our...