Seligman, Naomi

Naomi Seligman is the Director of Public Affairs for Consumer Watchdog, a nationally recognized consumer group that has been fighting corrupt corporations and crooked politicians since 1985.

Mercury Insurance’s Prop 17 Would Hit California Workers Hard

By Naomi Seligman
Consumer Watchdog

When was the last time an insurance company spent millions to save you money? The answer? Never.

Mercury Insurance, the sole sponsor of Proposition 17, on the June ballot, has already spent over $7 million in its effort to give insurance companies the power to raise rates on millions of responsible Californians.

This deceptively written initiative allows insurance companies to surcharge people who have not been previously insured – even if they are perfect drivers but weren't insured because they weren't driving or didn’t own a car. Prop 17 also penalizes anyone who had to drop coverage for more than 90 days over the last five years, or missed a single insurance payment.