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Blog Post
10/7/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
The head of the American health insurance lobby Karen Ignani is urging Congress to double the tax penalties for Americans who don't buy mandatory health insurance. That's right, health insurers are hopping mad that the guaranteed market Congress and the president are about to deliver them -- full employment for insurance executives -- only comes...
News Release
9/3/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, ext. 309
Consumer Group Releases Smoking Gun Documents, In Wake of Fires Warns Homeowners Insured By Mercury to Take Special Care Santa Monica, CA — A Los Angeles billboard warning consumers “You Can’t Trust Mercury Insurance” has been taken down by CBS Outdoor, after Mercury Insurance applied pressure to the billboard company....
News Release
8/14/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522 ext. 309
Mercury Launches Attack on Middle Class During Tough Economic Times   Santa Monica, CA -- The California Attorney General has released the official title and summary of a proposed ballot initiative that will allow insurance companies to raise rates when motorists who stopped driving for a time restart their coverage; when they file a claim,...
Blog Post
7/17/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
I’m catching up on House health care hearings this morning (watching one live and one recorded keeps things interesting) and tuned in to two debates on limiting protections for victims of medical malpractice. Rather than focus on saving money and protecting patients by preventing medical errors from occurring in the first place, the...
Blog Post
6/17/2009
Posted by Doug Heller
In a stunning show of fealty to insurance giant Safeco, 14 Republican state Senators and 11 Assemblymembers have asked the California Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling that Safeco Insurance has to disclose the names of policyholders it may have cheated.  Considering that state lawmakers are supposed to be spending their time...
Blog Post
4/28/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
Today, Consumer Watchdog will be in Sacramento to stop Mercury Insurance's latest assault on insurance reform Proposition 103 -- legislation that precludes California's insurance commissioner and judges from ordering insurers to issue refunds if rate increase requests filed with the Department of Insurance later prove to be unfair or excessive....
Blog Post
4/10/2009
posted by Doug Heller
I've been hearing dribs and drabs about this for awhile now.  The insurance industry in California has apparently suckered some lawmaker into carrying a bill aimed at weakening Prop 103's consumer protections.  We have not heard yet which lawmaker will make the insurance industry's consumer attack their own, but we're scanning for the...
Blog Post
3/5/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
I spent the morning watching a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing into what a ‘systemic risk regulator’ of the financial markets might be and what that has to do with the insurance industry. Now, if you’ve ever been to consumerwatchdog.org, you know that insurance is regulated by the states, and that here in...
News Release
2/11/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Consumer Group Calls Congress Members' Appeal A Stalking Horse for Federal Deregulation of Insurance Washington, D.C. -- Consumer advocates warned Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner not to allow necessary reform of the financial markets become a launching pad for insurance industry efforts to federally deregulate insurance, in a letter sent today...
News Release
2/6/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Weakened Regulations, Disregard for Process Leave AAA Insurance Customers Paying Too Much Santa Monica, CA -- California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner's decision to limit the size of Auto Club of Southern California's insurance rate cut will cost AAA policyholders an average of $240 each this year. The Commissioner announced a 5.4% rate...