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10/13/2012
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
For a dozen years, the 91-year-old founder of a leading Los Angeles insurance company and an early disciple of consumer advocate Ralph Nader have been fighting over the right to offer many motorists a new discount. Now these two adversaries are at it again. This time the fight is over Proposition 33 on California's Nov. 6 ballot, and it's...
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10/12/2012
The insurance industry-backed Prop 33 will hurt real drivers, like Alexis.  It unfairly surcharges almost anyone who had a legitimate lapse in their insurance coverage -- even if it's because they stopped driving. Should you pay more for your auto insurance simply because you stopped driving, took mass transit, or went to college and didn...
News Release
10/12/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, and Consumer Federation of California, are urging California voters to oppose insurer-backed Prop 33 along with the California Nurses Association and the California Alliance of Retired Americans. As voters cast their votes by mail, the groups note...
News Story
10/11/2012
By Greg Boss, LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
What It’s All About: Prop 33 will allow insurers to offer “continuous coverage” discounts to drivers who have maintained coverage consistently for a minimum of five consecutive years. It will also allow insurers to penalize customers who have gone without coverage at any point over the last five years. At the moment, insurance...
News Story
10/11/2012
By Steve Milne, CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO
We continue our look at next month’s California election ballot with Proposition 33. It would change state laws on auto insurance premiums. If you've been with the same car insurance company for five-straight years or more, you're probably getting some type of "continuous coverage" discount. But let's say you wanted to...
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10/11/2012
By Thea Skinner, EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE (San Diego, CA)
“Mercury Insurance has a terrible history of mistreating its customers, ignoring the law and trying to deceive voters.”— Consumer Watchdog “Proposition 33 creates a more vibrant market for auto insurance by empowering California’s consumers to shop for the best deal.” –Samuel Kang, Greenlighting...
Video
10/10/2012
A closer look at Prop 33 and its billionaire backer.
News Release
10/10/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury General is raising auto insurance rates by $63 million on its customers, an average 4% rate hike for 990,000 Mercury auto insurance policyholders in California. The rate hike comes just ahead of a November vote on Proposition 33, funded by Mercury Chairman George Joseph, which would allow insurance companies to...
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10/10/2012
Op-Ed Commentary by Richard Holober, Special to the SACRAMENTO BEE
Proposition 33 allows insurance companies to raise rates on motorists with perfect driving records. If voters buy this lemon, millions of law-abiding Californians will see a new surcharge on their auto insurance premium bills. Proposition 33 carves a loophole in state insurance law, banning regulatory review of this new rate hike. The measure is...
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10/9/2012
Proposition 33 on the November ballot asks votes to change the way car insurance rates are calculated in California. The measure proposes tweaking current rules to allow companies to consider drivers' insurance history when setting how much they will pay. It is not a new idea. In fact, Proposition 33 is similar to Proposition 17, a measure voters...