Corruption - One Insurance Executive has spent $8,000,000 of his own money in order to increase your auto insurance premiums
- Some 99% of Prop 33's funding comes from George Joseph, chairman of insurer Mercury General Corp.
- There is no free market in California auto insurance.
An initiative on the California November ballot would allow auto insurers to base their prices in part on a driver's coverage history is pitting an executive at one of the state's largest insurance companies against a consumer advocacy group for the second time in as many years.
Proposition 33 would enable insurance companies to charge higher rates for car drivers who did not maintain continuous coverage.
TRANSLATION - Bend over. We are going to fuck you.
Under Proposition 103, which voters approved in 1988, insurers cannot factor in a motorist's past coverage when setting rates.
In 2010, voters narrowly defeated Proposition 17, a measure similar to Prop. 33 reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The law would allow insurance companies to set rates based partly on a driver's past insurance coverage, meaning they can offer discounts to motorists with continuous coverage and charge higher rates to those lacking such an insurance history.
Supporters of the measure - which has received 99 percent of its funding from George Joseph, chairman of insurer Mercury General Corp.
But opponents, led by Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, say the new discounts will have to be offset by higher prices for drivers who, for reasons including long stints of unemployment, have let their insurance lapse. They argue that the proposition would penalize people who can least afford higher rates with a surcharge so great that it could result in more uninsured drivers.
"This isn't about giving consumers a break," said Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog's director in Washington, D.C. "It all comes back to who's really behind this. When is the last time an insurance company spent millions of dollars to save you money?"
Exec spends millions
.The money is not coming directly from Mercury - Joseph has pitched in more than $8 million of his own money to support Prop. 33, according to an analysis of campaign donations by MapLight, a nonpartisan organization in Berkeley that studies money and politics.
(San Francisco Chronicle)